Community Involvement & Public Engagement

STEM Mentoring Cafe

Sparking interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers among young women was the focus of Sandia’s first STEM Mentoring Café. The event included keynote remarks by LaDoris (Dot) Harris, director of DOE’s Office of Economic Impact and Development (see photo above), and Sandia President and Labs Director Jill Hruby, who shared their personal stories about their career paths. The girls explored several careers through hands-on activities and discussions with Sandia employees, including some of the challenges faced. More than 60 middle and high school girls participated. (3600)

My Brother's Keeper

MBK Day gives students access and visibility into what we do at Sandia and sparks student interest in pursuing a STEM career.  (Photo by Randy Montoya)

My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Day at the Lab, a White House initiative, provided inspiration and workplace exposure to 60 under-represented boys at Sandia/New Mexico. The boys were invited to participate in laboratory tours designed to connect students to potential careers and role models. Sandia/California participated in the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory event. (3600, 1500, 1700, 6800)

Sandia social media

Sandia continued to increase awareness of the Labs’ national security impact through its social media channels. In FY16, Sandia’s social media won the APEX Grand Award for the second consecutive year and for the first time won two awards in a single year — excellence for overall social presence and distinction for online advertising and marketing — from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts. Sandia social media was highlighted multiple times as most engaged government content. Over the course of the year, Sandia saw an average 24 percent growth in audience. (3600)

The American Chemical Society awarded Sandia’s CSI: DogNapping Workshop the 2015 ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Kids & Chemistry at its national meeting in Boston. The workshop, developed by Tim Boyle and Bernadette Hernandez-Sanchez, reaches more than 400 New Mexico 4th-graders annually from economically challenged and under-represented minority schools and is designed to encourage interaction with scientists at their place of work. This prestigious outreach award is a first-of-a-kind for Sandia. The workshop is in its 12th year. (1800)

Sandia/California marks 60 years

Former and current California Laboratory VPs: (Standing) Rick Stulen, Steve Rottler, Marianne Walck, John Crawford  (Seated) Paul Hommert, Mim John, and Tom Hunter.

Sandia/California celebrated its 60th anniversary with two events. At the on-site workforce event in March, the current and six previous Div. 8000 VPs engaged in a lively history panel discussion. The second event was an open event in downtown Livermore. Attended by 500-plus people, the first-of-its-kind event included remarks by Labs Director Jill Hruby and Div. 8000 VP Marianne Walck, elected official commendations, national security speakers, science activities for children, and technology demonstrations by staff, high school students, and a Girl Scout troop. (8000)