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2014

IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Society Merit Award honors Sandia radiation effects expert

July 17, 2014

Jim Schwank

Sandia radiation effects researcher Jim Schwank has won the 2014 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Merit Award, which recognizes outstanding technical contributions to the fields of nuclear and plasma sciences.

“I feel highly honored,” said Schwank, who is the second active Sandia employee to win the award and the sixth person in the radiation effects community to win since the award’s inception in 1972. The winner was announced earlier this month during the IEEE’s Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects conference..........more

Prototype electrolyte sensor provides immediate read-outs

June 3, 2014

Ronen Polsky

Patients trying to navigate today’s complex medical system with its costly laboratory analyses might prefer a pain-free home diagnostic device, worn on the wrist, that can analyze, continuously record and immediately remedy low electrolyte levels.

Runners, athletes in other strenuous sports and soldiers on long missions also might prefer immediate knowledge of their electrolytic states as an aid to improved performance...........more

Get ready for the computers of the future

May 27, 2014

Francois Leonard

Computing experts at Sandia National Laboratories have launched an effort to help discover what computers of the future might look like, from next-generation supercomputers to systems that learn on their own — new machines that do more while using less energy.

“We think that by combining capabilities in microelectronics and computer architecture, Sandia can help initiate the jump to the next technology curve sooner and with less risk,” said Rob Leland, head of Sandia’s Computing Research Center. Leland recently outlined a major effort into next-generation computing called Beyond Moore Computing that’s part of Sandia’s overall work on future computing..........more

Pocket-sized anthrax detector aids global agriculture

May 16, 2014

SANDIA’S BaDx pocket-sized detector has everything needed to test a sample for anthrax.

When most people in the US think about anthrax, they think about the 2001 terrorist incidents in Washington, D.C., and New York. Melissa Finley (6825) thinks about farmers in developing nations like Afghanistan.

As a researcher in the International Biological Threat Reduction program, Melissa works with veterinary labs in low-resource environments, helping them become safer, more secure, and also more efficient at diagnosing infectious diseases..........more

The brain: key to a better computer

May 15, 2014

Sandia National Laboratories researchers are drawing inspiration from neurons in the brain, such as these green fluorescent protein-labeled neurons in a mouse neocortex, with the aim of developing neuro-inspired computing systems. Although brain-inspired computing is in its infancy, Sandia has included it in a long-term research project whose goal is future computer systems

Your brain is incredibly well-suited to handling whatever comes along, plus it’s tough and operates on little energy. Those attributes — dealing with real-world situations, resiliency and energy efficiency — are precisely what might be possible with neuro-inspired computing..........more

IEEE honors two Sandia researchers as fellows

April 28, 2014

Igal Brener

Sandia National Laboratories researchers Mike Cuneo and Igal Brener have been selected Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Brener, who joined Sandia in 2004, was selected for “contributions to terahertz science and technology.” Projects on which he has worked include chem-bio sensing, terahertz science and devices, plasmonics, metamaterials and solid state lighting.........more

2014 Rank Prize for envisioning strained-layer superlattices awarded to Sandia Fellow

April 22, 2014

Gordon Osbourn

In 1982, then-Sandia National Laboratories researcher Gordon Osbourn published a theoretical paper that asserted the previously unthinkable: that ultra-thin layers of mismatched atomic lattices could overcome the strain of their union and successfully form a defect-free bond. Going against the grain of the times, Osbourn’s calculations stimulated creation of the new field of strained-layer superlattices. Just one of the myriad results of that insight — strained-layer lasers — today dominate the entire semiconductor laser market.........more

Watching neurons fire from a front-row seat

Lab News: April 18, 2014

MURAT OKANDAN

They are with us every moment of every day, controlling every action we make, from the breath we breathe to the words we speak, and yet, there is still a lot we don’t know about the cells that make up our nervous systems. When things go awry and nerve cells don’t communicate as they should, the consequences can be devastating. Speech can be slurred, muscles stop working on command, and memories can be lost forever........more

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Pocket-sized anthrax detector aids global agriculture

April 17, 2014

Sandia National Laboratories’ BaDx pocket-sized detector has everything needed to test a sample for anthrax.

A credit-card-sized anthrax detection cartridge developed at Sandia National Laboratories and recently licensed to a small business makes testing safer, easier, faster and cheaper.

Bacillus anthracis, the bacteria that causes anthrax, is commonly found in soils all over the world and can cause serious, and often fatal, illness in both humans and animals. The bacteria can survive in harsh conditions for decades.........more

Laminar-flow cleanroom inventor honored posthumously by National Inventors Hall of Fame

March 4, 2014


Former Sandia National Laboratories physicist Willis Whitfield will be honored posthumously by the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May for his cleanroom invention. In 2008, Whitfield posed outside a cleanroom at Sandia’s Microsystems Engineering Sciences & Applications (MESA) complex.

Former Sandia National Laboratories physicist Willis Whitfield will be honored posthumously by the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May for his cleanroom invention. In 2008, Whitfield posed outside a cleanroom at Sandia’s Microsystems Engineering Sciences & Applications (MESA) complex.

The inventor of the modern cleanroom, Willis Whitfield, will be honored posthumously by the National Inventors Hall of Fame for a technology that revolutionized manufacturing in electronics and pharmaceuticals, made hospital operating rooms safer and advanced space exploration.......more

White House honors four early-career Sandia researchers

February 17, 2014


Sandia researchers, left to right, Adrian Chavez, Matthew Brake, Seth Root and Daniel Stick will be recognized in a ceremony later this year as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering. The award is the highest honor the US government gives to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their careers.

Sandia researchers, left to right, Adrian Chavez, Matthew Brake, Seth Root and Daniel Stick will be recognized in a ceremony later this year as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering. The award is the highest honor the US government gives to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their careers.

“I want to congratulate Matt Brake, Adrian Chavez, Seth Root, and Dan Stick for their achievements that led to this prestigious award. The Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories are home to an impressive number of innovative and talented researchers....more

2013

Ed Cole appointed Fellow by ASM International

Sept 20, 2013
Ed Cole

Ed Cole (1000), appointed a Sandia Fellow in June, has been elected by the board of trustees of ASM International as a Fellow of that society. The ASM International website describes itself as a society of 36,000 members worldwide “dedicated to supporting the materials and engineering professions.” According to the notification letter, “The honor of Fellow represents recognition of our distinguished contributions in the field of materials science and engineering, and develops a broadly based forum for technical and professional leaders to serve as advisors to the society.” Ed’s citation reads, “For revolutionizing microelectronics failure analysis by the development of Charge Induced Voltage Alteration, Light Induced Voltage Alteration and Soft Defect  Localization techniques for analyzing integrated circuits.” The honor officially will be conferred during the ASM awards dinner on  Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Montreal, Canada. — Neal Singer

SPIE Optics &Photonics

SPIE Optics+Photonics
August 25-29, 2013

San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA
Booth number: 935
Brochure

Researching new detectors for chemical, biological threats

August 9, 2013
Ron Manginell and colleagues are developing new miniature pulsed-discharge ionization detectors — mini-PDIDs — like those Ron is holding here. The tiny devices have broadened the scope of chemical targets for Sandia’s microanalytical detection technology to toxic industrial chemicals, biological volatiles, greenhouse gases, and more. (Photo by Randy Montoya)

Sandia scientists are thinking small, building on decades of sensor work to invent tiny detectors that can sniff out everything from explosives and biotoxins to smuggled humans.

The military needs to find low concentrations of chemicals, such as those used in roadside bombs or chemical warfare agents, before they hurt anyone, says Ron Manginell (1716). Soldiers often use detectors in less-than-ideal situations, looking for dangerous substances from among a rich miasma of diesel fumes, smoke, and dust.....more

Sandia wins three R&D 100 awards

July 8, 2013
Membrane Projection Lithography

Membrane Projection Lithography, submitted by Bruce Burckel. This fabrication technique enables the creation of a diverse array of microscopic 3D structures with macroscopic impact. For instance, the technique can be used to create 3-dimensional integrated circuits, the next step in the evolution of 2-dimensional microprocessors. It is also capable of creating structured electromagnetic materials. Currently, the technique is being used to make thermal antennas which can control the direction of heat emitted from an object, potentially easing cooling and heating needs for satellites or perhaps even buildings and cars....more

NSREC (Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference)

July 8-12, 2013

Hyatt Regency
San Francisco, CA
Booth number: 608
Brochure

Sandia Labs names three fellows

June 28, 2013
Newly appointed Sandia Fellows Jerry Simmons, left, Ed Cole, middle, and John Rowe gather outside Sandia’s Joint Computational Engineering Laboratory. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Click on the thumbnail for a high-resolution image.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories researchers Jerry Simmons, Ed Cole and John Rowe have been named Sandia Fellows.

That status — stellar at Sandia and nearly as rare as hen’s teeth — is reserved for those who are nationally or internationally recognized pioneers in their fields. It is considered a promotion to the highest level of Research and Development staff, equivalent to the level of management immediately below Sandia’s vice presidents....more

CLEO (Conference on Laser and Electro-Optics)

June 9-14, 2013

San Jose Convention Center
San Jose, CA
Booth number:  2234

TechConnectWorld/Nanotech

May 12-16, 2013

Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center
National Harbor, MD
Booth number:  323

SPIE Defense & Security

April 29 – May 3, 2013

Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD
Booth number: 1644

Disabled kids inspire musical instrument anyone can play

February 6, 2013
Sandia microsystems engineer
 Kent Pfeifer, left, and Taos businessman Dan Daily work on
  the circuitry for Daily's Midiwing musical instrument. The 
  MidiWing can be played by anyone regardless of physical ability. 
  (Photo by Randy Montoya) Click on the thumbnail for a high-resolution
   image.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Not everyone can play music. You need timing and rhythm, an ear for pitch and notes and an ability to interpret sheet music and symbols. You need physical coordination to apply those talents plus control of lungs, lips, arms and fingers to match the mechanics of a musical instrument. And you need strength and stamina to sustain the sounds you create...more

SPIE Photonics West 2013

February 4, 2013
SPIE

Sandia National Laboratories' research and collaborations will be highlighted in 26 presentations and two posters at the upcoming SPIE Photonics West 2013 Conference.  The presentations include seven invited papers showcasing Sandia's microsystems research, five of which involve collaborations with MIT, the University of Konstanz, the University of New Mexico, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Virginia and Yale University.  Visit our booth, number 201, to learn more about Sandia’s Microsystems Program.

 

2012

Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics wins 2012 R&D 100 Award

Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics

Sandia developed tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic (PV) cells that could revolutionize solar energy collection. The crystalline silicon micro-PV cells will be cheaper and have greater efficiencies than current PV collectors. Micro-PV cells require relatively little material to form well-controlled, highly efficient devices. Cell fabrication uses common microelectronic and micro-electromechanical systems techniques. They are 10 times thinner than conventional cells, yet perform at about the same efficiency.

SPIE Optics & Photonics

San Diego Convention Ctr.
San Diego, CA
Sandia National Laboratories' Presentations

Optical Interconnects Conference (OI Conference)

Optical Interconnects Conference

May 1, 2012

Sandia National Laboratories' research and collaborations will be highlighted in three presentations at the upcoming IEEE Photonics Society Optical Interconnects Conference.

Laser Science to Photonic Applications

CLEO: 2012

May 1, 2012

Sandia National Laboratories' research and collaborations will be highlighted in 11 presentations and three posters at the upcoming CLEO: 2012 Conference. The presentations include an invited paper showcasing Sandia's microsystems research in collaboration with MIT. Visit our booth, number 2409, to learn more about Sandia’s Microsystems Program.

SPIE Defense, Security + Sensing

SPIE Defense, Security + Sensing

April 6, 2012

Sandia National Laboratories' research and collaborations to be highlighted in 18 presentations and four posters at the upcoming SPIE Defense, Security + Sensing Conference. The presentations include five invited papers showcasing Sandia's microsystems research, three of which involve collaborations with MIT, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Composite Mirror Applications, Inc. and the University of Arizona. Visit our booth, number 1003, to learn more about Sandia’s Microsystems Program.

Experimental smart outlet brings flexibility, resiliency to grid architecture

February 27, 2012 - Smart outlet on display at summit

Sandia National Laboratories has developed an experimental "smart outlet" that autonomously measures, monitors and controls electrical loads with no connection to a centralized computer or system. The goal of the smart outlet and similar innovations is to make the power grid more distributed and intelligent, capable of reconfiguring itself as conditions change........more

 

2011

Solar glitter, rescue robot and university partnership earn Sandia technology transfer awards

October 4, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories will begin researching how to use glitter-sized photovoltaic cells in utility-scale solar power systems, which eventually could cut the costs of solar panels in half and nearly double their efficiency.

Sandia’s work with industry, other labs and universities to improve the design, materials and manufacturing processes of the Microsystems-Enabled Photovoltaic (MEPV) cells won the national security laboratory a Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Mid-Continent Regional Excellence in Technology Transfer Award.......more

R&D100 Entry 2011: Microresonator Filters and Frequency References

Our miniature acoustic resonators perform RF filtering and frequency synthesis in next-generation wireless devices—offering higher performance in a smaller package with a lower price.

Our microresonators are miniature acoustic resonators fabricated using complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS)-compatible microfabrication techniques. When grouped together, our microresonators operate as filters; they provide frequency selection in radios and other electronic equipment. When connected with transistor electronics, microresonators can provide frequency reference functions (such as clocking) to radios, microprocessors, and other electronic devices.

World's smallest atomic clock hits marketplace

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 25, 2011

World's smallest atomic clock hits marketplace

You could have bought a Rolex, but now you learn about a new, matchbook-sized atomic clock. It’s portable, only about 1.5 inches on a side and less than a half-inch in depth and heck, it costs less, only about $1,500.

Sandia MOU to assist MEMS students at University of Guadalajara

A PLAYABLE CHESSBOARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 3, 2011

Tiny microelectronic mechanical systems to improve Mexican economy, aid US defense
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories will help Mexican engineering students learn to design tiny microelectromechanical devices (MEMS), according to a memorandum of understanding between Sandia and the University of Guadalajara.

 

2010

Tom Friedmann awarded NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 12, 2010

Diamond-like thin film offers hard data for solar models

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories researcher Tom Friedmann was awarded NASA’s Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal (EEAM) at a ceremony June 15 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. He received the award for the quality of the diamond-like carbon thin films he contributed to the Genesis science mission. Five other winners were all members of JPL.

Sandia Labs reports first successful integration of a terahertz quantum-cascade laser and diode mixer into a monolithic solid-state transceiver

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 29, 2010

Improved control of “neglected middle-child” frequency range offers potential benefits

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories researchers have taken the first steps toward reducing the size and enhancing the functionality of devices in the terahertz (THz) frequency spectrum....

Texas Tech, U of Utah win Sandia microdevice competition

A PLAYABLE CHESSBOARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 15, 2010

World’s smallest chess set and a microbarbershop win big

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The world’s smallest chess board — about the diameter of four human hairs — and a pea-sized microbarbershop were winners in this year’s design contest for, respectively, novel and educational microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), held at Sandia National Laboratories in mid May....

Sandia researcher Paul Dodd named IEEE Fellow

Dodd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 24, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Paul Dodd, a Sandia National Laboratories researcher, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) "for contributions to the understanding and simulation of single-event effects in microelectronic," according to a notification sent out by the organization....

 

2009

Glitter-sized solar photovoltaics produce competitive results

Representative thin crystalline-silicon photovoltaic cells

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 21, 2009

Glitter-sized solar photovoltaics produce competitive results
Adventures in microsolar supported by microelectronics and MEMS techniques
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories scientists have developed tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected and used.
The tiny cells could turn a person into a walking solar battery charger if...

Two Sandia researchers elected AAAS Fellows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 17, 2009

Two Sandia researchers elected AAAS Fellows
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia researchers Dave Haaland and David Myers have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Sandia receives DoD ‘trusted foundry’ accreditation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 24, 2009

Sandia receives DoD ‘trusted foundry’ accreditation
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Sandia National Laboratories’ silicon fabrication facility in Albuquerque, N.M., has been accredited by the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide “trusted foundry” services for both unclassified and classified integrated circuits. The foundry accreditation represents an increase in scope to Sandia’s already-existing accreditation for design...

“Microswimmer” and extremely tiny testing tool are big winners at Sandia student MEMS contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 9, 2009

‘Microswimmer’ and extremely tiny testing tool are big winners at Sandia student MEMS contest
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —A “microswimmer” about the diameter of a human hair won the “novel design” category of the fifth annual Sandia National Laboratories-sponsored MEMS University Alliance Design Competition.
The microswimmer, which resembles a tiny fish, is designed to have...

Sandia receives DoD “trusted design” accreditation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 12, 2009

Sandia receives DoD “trusted design” accreditation
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories has received accreditation to provide “trusted design” services for both unclassified and classified integrated circuits at its Albuquerque, N.M., facility.
Sandia’s Category 1A status was awarded through the Trusted IC Supplier Accreditation Program (www.dmea.osd.mil/trustedic.html) of the Department of Defense (DoD)’s...

 

2008

Sandia recognizes five green-certified buildings

MESA Microsystems Laboratory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 18, 2008

Sandia recognizes five green-certified buildings
Buildings awarded LEED building certification
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Sandia National Laboratories recently recognized five green-certified buildings in a brief ceremony organized by the Labs’ Environmental Planning Department.

 


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