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Black engineer awards expand Sandia Labs spotlight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ten Sandia National Laboratories engineers received Black Engineer of the Year Awards, including Most Promising Scientist, Modern Technology Leaders and Science Spectrum Trailblazers. Honorees include Sandia systems, chemical, computer, electrical, petroleum, manufacturing and mechanical engineers who excel in their respective fields, powering innovation while flexing their technological muscles for U.S. national security. […]

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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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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 […]

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 […]

Rodney Wilson

Global security and cooperation leader recognized by NNSA for leadership, service

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Rodney Wilson, former director of Sandia’s Center for Global Security and Cooperation, received the National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator’s Distinguished Service Gold Award in recognition of his leadership and service to advance NNSA programs. The plaque, signed by former Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, recognized Wilson’s contributions to programs focused on improving the […]

Sandia secures six regional technology transfer awards

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For responding with innovative solutions during the pandemic, developing solar cell and hydrogen research technology, and creatively working with companies, Sandia National Laboratories won six prestigious regional 2020 Federal Laboratory Consortium awards. The awards for the Mid-Continent and Far West regions put a spotlight on Sandia successes in transferring technology, partnerships and […]


Mechanical engineer at Sandia named Asian American Engineer of the Year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories mechanical engineer Bo Song has been recognized as an Asian American Engineer of the Year by the national DiscoverE Program, which honors outstanding Asian American professionals in science and engineering for their technical achievements, leadership and public service. “This is a big honor for me,” Song said. “It’s highly […]

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Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers names Sandia Labs Organization of the Year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories has been named 2020 Organization of the Year in the government category by the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers. The award, presented during the society’s virtual conference this month, recognizes organizations with a longstanding commitment to cultural diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Nominees must demonstrate support, advocacy […]

Sandra Begay

‘Iconic’ Sandia researcher wins Indigenous Excellence Award

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Her peers know her as an exceptional engineer. But to some Indigenous people, Sandra Begay is legendary. “Like many Native American students in STEM, I knew of Sandra before I met her,” said Suzanne Singer, who is Navajo and interned under Begay at Sandia National Laboratories in 2008. “She was the ‘iconic’ […]

Tito Bonano

Hispanic organization honors nuclear waste management leader, cyber assurance architect

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two experts at Sandia National Laboratories have been honored for their achievements and leadership as top engineers and scientists from the Hispanic community. Evaristo “Tito” Bonano, nuclear energy fuel cycle senior manager, and cyber assurance architect Angela “Ang” Rivas were recognized at the 32nd annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference by […]

Gil Herrera

Fellow at Sandia Labs appointed to national quantum computing advisory committee

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories Fellow Gil Herrera has been appointed to the newly established U.S. National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee. Herrera is one of two committee members representing the Department of Energy national laboratories. He joins 20 others from government, industry and academia tasked with advising the nation’s highest offices on matters concerning […]

‘Magical’ mathematics unlocks engineering honor for Sandia scientist

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Tamara Kolda of Sandia National Laboratories has spent a career finding mathematical patterns in data sets ranging from mouse neurons to crime statistics, so when she talks about how ‘magical’ the results seem, even experts in other fields take notice. Kolda was one of 87 members elected to the National Academy of […]

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Systems engineer a woman worth watching

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Carrie O’Hara, a systems engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, has been selected as a 2020 Women Worth Watching award winner by Profiles in Diversity Journal. The award, in its 19th year, recognizes dynamic professional women who are using their talents and influence to change our workplaces and our world. O’Hara has dedicated […]

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High-performance computer facility at Sandia honored for sustainable building practices

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories is being recognized by the Department of Energy and the Green Building Council for its efforts to support green and sustainable building and construction regarding a new data center addition to its high-performance computing facility. Recently, the facility was given the LEED Gold certification award and was selected to […]

Combustion pioneer named Department of Energy fellow

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Jacqueline Chen, whose work on fundamental turbulence-chemistry interactions in combustion helped advance the design of automotive, gas turbine and jet engines, was selected by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science as a distinguished scientist fellow — one of only eight researchers in the nation to hold the distinction. Chen, a senior […]

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