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2020 News Releases

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 […]

Teens pay it forward, use 3D printers built at Sandia to make face shields

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Teens who built 3D printers during a weeklong robotics camp at Sandia National Laboratories last year have used them to make more than 3,000 face shields that have been donated to medical professionals and first responders in New Mexico. The camp was hosted by Sandia in collaboration with R4 Creating, a nonprofit […]

Sandia Labs collects $245,000 for Native American neighbors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As COVID-19 began ravaging Native American communities in the Southwest last month, a sense of urgency was mounting for Sandia National Laboratories tribal government relations program manager Laurence Brown. As the virus spread rapidly in parts of the Navajo Nation and New Mexico pueblos, a groundswell of Sandia employees — including many […]

Sandia tests distillery’s hand sanitizer developed to address severe shortage

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Distillery-developed hand sanitizer is leaving a New Mexico warehouse as quickly as it disappeared from grocery stores after Sandia National Laboratories helped confirm the product meets all federal requirements for distribution. In response to the severe, widespread shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wayward Sons Craft-Distillery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, reconfigured its […]

Radiation-detecting plastic gets ingredient to stay in the clear

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have identified a straightforward change to the formula for radiation-detecting plastic. The change prevents “fogging,” which reduces the lifetime of the plastics used to detect nuclear material transiting through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s radiation detectors. The change also fits well into existing manufacturing processes for […]

Sandia scientists search for genetic bullet to battle COVID-19

LIVERMORE, Calf. — Two researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are using genetic resequencing tools to find a way to stop the COVID-19 pandemic in its tracks. Biochemist Joe Schoeniger and virologist Oscar Negrete are working on genetically engineering a deployable antiviral countermeasure for COVID-19 using CRISPR-based technology. “The goal is to find new ‘reloadable’ countermeasures […]

Sandia Labs wins 4 national tech transfer awards

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Technology that helps men test their fertility is among Sandia National Laboratories’ four national awards winners honored by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for work to develop and commercialize innovative technologies. “These awards are highly competitive,” said Jackie Kerby Moore, Sandia’s manager of Technology and Economic Development and the labs’ consortium representative. “This […]

Automating complex 3D modeling

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A team of researchers led by Sandia National Laboratories have invented a first-of-its-kind software for scientists to create accurate digital representations of complex objects. The new software, VoroCrust, offers a novel way to create digital representations, called meshes, which are used by scientists in many disciplines that work with geometric models of […]

Sandia-designed kits increase amount, type of breathing machines available for COVID-19

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In less than a month, Sandia National Laboratories converted 100 respiratory machines New Mexico hospitals already had on hand into machines that can safely be used as ventilators to help treat patients with severe cases of COVID-19. Non-invasive ventilators that use masks instead of tubes, BiPAP and CPAP machines, cannot normally be […]

Sandia gives more than $100K to Roadrunner Food Bank through match program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories employees have contributed more than $100,000 to the Roadrunner Food Bank during a 15-day campaign that will help New Mexicans with food during the coronavirus pandemic. The amount raised, and the speed at which employees gave was a remarkable surprise during a trying time for many, said Amy Tapia, […]

Sandia stimulates marketplace recovery with free technology licenses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories has announced a new, fast-track licensing program to rapidly deploy technology to a marketplace reeling from the effects of COVID-19. The move is designed to support businesses facing widespread, often technical challenges resulting from the pandemic. “In light of the national emergency, we’re making technology transfer as simple as […]

Sandia executive named international diversity leader

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories’ Mark D. Sellers has been awarded Profiles in Diversity Journal’s annual Diversity Leader Award for advancing the evolution of diversity and inclusion. Sellers, associate labs director for Sandia’s Mission Assurance division, is being recognized for his design and implementation of hiring practices that are “impressive and inspiring,” says the […]

Sandia supports hypersonic flight test

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories employees and contractors saw their work culminate in a hypersonic flight test conducted by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army on March 19 at the Kauai Test Facility in Hawaii. The Navy and Army executed the launch of a common hypersonic glide body, which flew at hypersonic speed to […]

Sandia initiatives to protect US energy grid and nuclear weapons systems

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — To deter attempts to disable U.S. electrical utilities and to defend U.S. nuclear weapon systems from evolving technological threats, Sandia National Laboratories has begun two multiyear initiatives to strengthen U.S. responses. One is focused on defending large U.S. electrical utility systems from potential attacks by hostile nations, as well as from damage […]

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