August 9, 2006

Sandia hosts water forum

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories is hosting a free public water forum Monday, Aug. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Conference Center, North Building, Room C.

Sandia representatives Mike Hightower, Ron Pate, and John Merson will showcase presentations with information on the background and the future of water technology. Lectures on geoscience, energy, and agriculture will also be given.

Sandia is a National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory.

Michael Hightower is a distinguished member of the technical staff in Sandia’s Energy Security Center. He is a civil and environmental engineer and has more than 25 years experience in research and development projects.

Ronald Pate is a principal member of technical staff with more than 30 years of experience in research, development, and applications projects in government and industry. He has worked at Sandia for 20 years as an applied physicist and electrical engineer, and is currently working on issues associated with the interdependencies of energy, water, and agriculture.

John Merson is a senior manager for the Geosciences Research and Applications group in the Geoscience and Environment Center at Sandia. He has been at Sandia for 16 years and manages the Water Program.

For additional information about the forum, contact Darline Polonis at (505) 284-8340.

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Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

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