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2020 News Releases

Basic laws of physics spruce up machine learning

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A proposed project to help scientists use the laws of physics to view multiscale physical events with a clarity never before achieved has won an Early Career Research Program award from the Department of Energy for Sandia National Laboratories researcher Nathaniel Trask. Such work may require observations over a millionfold change in […]

Helping protect medical professionals

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A media comprised of a sandwich of materials, tested by Sandia National Laboratories, is being manufactured into N95-like respirators that could be used in local medical facilities. The project originated from the urgent need for personal protective equipment when the COVID-19 outbreak began. “I can almost assure you that no one else […]

DOE Early Career award sends Sandia quantum computing expert’s research to new level

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Kevin Young believes that he can improve the performance of modern quantum information processors, and now the Department of Energy Office of Science has named him to their Early Career Research Program, awarding him a grant to continue his work. The program, now in its 11th year, is designed to bolster the […]

Walking the walk: Project controller honored for work toward inclusion at Sandia

LIVERMORE, Calif. — A man who didn’t walk on his own until age five because of spastic cerebral palsy has been helping Sandia National Laboratories take steps toward greater inclusion. He is now being honored by CAREERS & the disABLED magazine as an employee of the year — one of only 10 people nationwide to receive […]

High school students excel at STEM

LIVERMORE, Calif. – Sandia National Laboratories honored 26 girls from California high schools in the Tri-Valley, East Bay and San Joaquin County at the annual Sandia Women’s Connection Math & Science Awards. The honorees were nominated by their teachers for outstanding accomplishments in STEM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the students and their families participated in […]

Cybersecurity researchers at Sandia Labs take spotlight at national showcase

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two Sandia National Laboratories computer scientists are earning national recognition for cybersecurity platforms they conceived. Adrian Chavez and Vince Urias were invited to pitch their software to investors, entrepreneurs and prospective customers at a special virtual event sponsored by the Department of Energy to accelerate the commercialization of federally developed technologies. Combined, […]

Finding COVID-19 needles in a coronavirus haystack

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — COVID-19 researchers the world over face a daunting task of sifting through tens of thousands of existing coronavirus studies, looking for commonalities or data that might help in their urgent biomedical investigations. To accelerate the filtering of relevant information, Sandia National Laboratories has assembled a combination of data mining, machine-learning algorithms and […]

Keeping medical workers safe while collecting patient samples during COVID-19

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories is offering free-of-charge the design and complete instruction manual for building a low-cost, drive-up outdoor shelter that shields healthcare workers conducting COVID-19 testing on its licensing and technology transfer website. Learn more about the outdoor testing shelters and download instructions here. Dr. Cody Saxton of Sandia’s medical team said […]

Sandia researchers use public data to forecast new coronavirus cases

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Global data networks that connect people through their devices have made it possible to create accurate short-term forecasts of new COVID-19 cases, using a method pioneered by two researchers at Sandia National Laboratories. Jaideep Ray and Cosmin Safta used a model developed by Ray more than a decade ago to track plague […]

Sandia weapons program meets safety, design requirements

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories has successfully completed another milestone in the B61-12 gravity bomb refurbishment program, demonstrating the labs is meeting important nuclear safety and use-control requirements. “The Combined Engineering Judgment is an important step toward ensuring the B61-12 Life Extension Program is on track, and Sandia is meeting design and development requirements […]

Expanding access to cyber research tools

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Faculty and students at Purdue University now have access to cybersecurity research software developed at Sandia National Laboratories. This marks the first time Sandia has collaborated with an academic community to make its cyber software widely available. Sandia has previously invited academic collaborators to use cyber research software at the labs or […]

Hospitals, manufacturers partner with Sandia amid high demand for medical-grade masks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories is teaming with local hospitals and medical device manufacturers to increase the availability of respirator masks for health care workers. “We’re helping local medical device manufacturers test materials they are using to make medical-grade masks, and we’re helping local hospitals by evaluating methods they’ve developed to clean N95 masks […]

Flight tests show B61-12 compatible with F-15E Strike Eagle

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Dropped from above 25,000 feet, the mock B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb was in the air for approximately 55 seconds before hitting and embedding in the lakebed, splashing a 40- to 50-foot puff of desert dust from the designated impact area at Sandia National Laboratories’ Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. That strike was […]

Sandia to receive Fujitsu ‘green’ processor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — This spring, Sandia National Laboratories anticipates being one of the first Department of Energy laboratories to receive the newest A64FX Fujitsu processor, a Japanese Arm-based processor optimized for high-performance computing. Arm-based processors are used widely in small electronic devices like cell phones. More recently, Arm-based processors were installed in Sandia’s Astra supercomputer, […]

Company moves metals characterization technology forward with help from Sandia Labs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When a small business needed help proving that its invention, a tabletop laser system, could characterize metals faster and more easily than current equipment, they turned to Sandia National Laboratories’ expertise in metals characterization. Sandia’s testing verified that Albuquerque-based Advanced Optical Technologies’ patented Crystallographic Polarization-Classification Imaging, or CPCI, process reduces time spent […]

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