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2021 News Releases

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Search and rescue volunteers from Sandia respond to wilderness misadventures

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — By day, Craig Tenney is a chemical engineer at Sandia National Laboratories. But sometimes as he readies for bed, he gets a call and instead finds himself on an icy trail, mere feet from a cliff high above the city in the Sandia Mountains rescuing a couple of hikers who thought they […]

Small IT business wins Sandia’s largest single subcontract

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories awarded an information technology subcontract of potentially up to $700 million over a possible seven years to a New Mexico small business. This is the largest subcontract Sandia has issued to date. “It’s a big deal and a huge win for the small-business community,” said Sandia subcontract manager Ally […]

Gus Potter
Sandia radiation expert to lead national health physics organization

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Charles Potter, a certified health physicist at Sandia National Laboratories, was elected president of the American Academy of Health Physics, an organization that supports certified health physicists and the profession’s certification process. Potter previously served as the organization’s parliamentarian for three years, and as president, he plans to update and streamline the […]

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Airplanes to cellphones: New equipment finds the flaws in everything

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Tim Briggs has built a career at Sandia National Laboratories tearing and breaking things apart with his team of collaborators. Now, he’s developed a fracture-testing tool that could help make everything from aircraft structural frames to cellphones stronger. Briggs has filed a patent for a device associated with bonded structural composite materials […]

Super-Earth atmospheres probed at Sandia’s Z machine

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The huge forces generated by the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories are being used to replicate the gravitational pressures on so-called “super-Earths” to determine which might maintain atmospheres that could support life. Astronomers believe that super-Earths — collections of rocks up to eight times larger than Earth — exist in the […]

International research team begins uncovering Arctic mystery

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Something lurks beneath the Arctic Ocean. While it’s not a monster, it has largely remained a mystery. According to 25 international researchers who collaborated on a first-of-its-kind study, frozen land beneath rising sea levels currently traps 60 billion tons of methane and 560 billion tons of organic carbon. Little is known about […]

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New tool at Sandia brings some West Texas wind to the Duke City — virtually

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have a new tool that allows them to study wind power and see whether it can be efficiently used to provide power to people living in remote and rural places or even off the grid, through distributed energy. A new, custom-built wind turbine emulator has been installed […]

Computer scientists studying virtual simulation.
Tread tester

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Simulating how a tire’s tread, rubber and size respond to a road’s corners, angles and hills, Sandia National Laboratories and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. have developed a virtual means of showing a tire’s performance before the first prototypes are ever built. Computer simulations test a virtual tire on a virtual […]

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Economic Impact: Sandia Labs injects $3.76B into economy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Driven by the purchasing of goods and services and payroll, Sandia National Laboratories injected an all-time high of more than $3.76 billion into the economy in fiscal year 2020. “It’s no secret that the second half of the year was tough on a lot of people and businesses, especially smaller companies, which […]

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Giving campaigns at Sandia shine during pandemic year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories employees came together in a big way in 2020, contributing $4.8 million to the annual Sandia Gives campaign, which benefits United Way of Central New Mexico, United Way of the Bay Area and other nonprofits, increasing donations by $324,000 over 2019. A booster from National Technology & Engineering Solutions […]

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Women rank Sandia National Laboratories among best places to work

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories was recognized recently by Fairygodboss as one of the Best Companies for Women 2020 and Best Companies where CEOs Support Gender Diversity. Released annually, the honors are based entirely on women’s anonymous reviews left on a social and professional network for highly motivated women to connect with other career-minded […]

Carbon fiber optimized for wind turbine blades could bring cost, performance benefits

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new carbon fiber material could bring cost and performance benefits to the wind industry if developed commercially, according to a study led by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories. Wind blades containing carbon fiber weigh 25% less than ones made from traditional fiberglass materials. That means carbon fiber blades could be longer […]

Sandia nuclear physicist selected fellow of AAAS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Susan Seestrom, associate laboratories director for advanced science and technology and chief research officer at Sandia National Laboratories, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The physicist was cited “for her pathbreaking work in nuclear physics, especially using ultra cold neutrons, and her leadership, both […]

Advanced materials in a snap

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If everything moved 40,000 times faster, you could eat a fresh tomato three minutes after planting a seed. You could fly from New York to L.A. in half a second. And you’d have waited in line at airport security for that flight for 30 milliseconds. Thanks to machine learning, designing materials for […]

Laura McGill, Sandia deputy labs director
Sandia names new leader of nuclear deterrence programs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories has named a new deputy labs director to lead its nuclear deterrence programs as part of a reorganization that supports the labs’ continued excellence in assuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear arsenal. Laura McGill, who joins Sandia after more than 30 years in the defense […]

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