Working with Sandia

Sandia/California Economic Impact Summary

  • Making an impact

    Sandia generates nearly $1 billion in economic output in California with nearly half coming from the San Francisco Bay Area*

  • World-class facilities, right here at home

    Sandia is a multi-program laboratory engaged in creating solutions for a broad spectrum of national security issues.

  • Part of the community

    Our employees and retirees give generously, help when needed, and strive to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

  • Secure relationships

    There are many opportunities to partner with Sandia as a supplier, technology licensee, and scientific or industrial partner.

At home in the Community. At work for the Nation.

Making a positive impact for California

We anticipate and solve the most challenging problems that threaten security in the 21st century. There are nearly 10,000 dedicated people who share strong core values such as integrity, excellence, teamwork and an abiding respect for one another — working together to protect us all. And much of that work begins right here. Sandia has been powering scientific advancement and economic growth in California for more than 50 years. But the truth is, our relationship goes much deeper than that.

While meeting America's challenges in defense, energy, resources, transportation, border protection, infrastructure and more, we became more than just a laboratory located here. We became part of the community itself. The contributions of time and resources made by our company and our employees have made a profound and positive impact on the lives of many people living in California and the greater Bay Area.

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Our Impact

Making an impact

What kind of financial impact does Sandia make here in California? Sandia generates nearly $1 billion in both direct and indirect economic output in the state of California with nearly half coming from the San Francisco Bay Area according to a report by Center for Economic Development at California State University-Chico. Sandia spends more than $2.4 billion annually in support of its national security missions with a portion spent directly in the state of California.

Download a copy of the 2012 Economic Impact on California Summary (PDF, 598 KB)

California Employment

  • Our 1,100 California employees work primarily at the Livermore site and the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in Emeryville.
  • Employees reside in many counties including: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin.
  • Last year, out of the 700 new hires at Sandia’s New Mexico and California sites, 70 obtained their highest degree from California universities. Additionally, 100 students from around the country held internships at our California site.

California University Partnerships

  • Sandia teams with many universities including the University of California, Stanford, Caltech, Harvey Mudd and USC.
  • Last year, Sandia funded more than $2.1 million to California-based universities for work that supports Sandia programs.
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Our Campus

World-class facilities, right here at home.

Sandia is a multi-program laboratory engaged in creating solutions for a broad spectrum of national security issues. We apply a unique suite of capabilities drawn from virtually every science and engineering discipline to address challenges in energy, homeland security, nonproliferation, support for our warfighters, critical infrastructure, cybersecurity and the continued maintenance of our nuclear deterrent.

As our national security environment has evolved so has the way Sandia solves some of the most complex national security problems. Today, collaboration is vital to ensuring the U.S. stays at the forefront of science and technology innovation. The Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC), a joint partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, brings academia and businesses together with researchers to work on today’s biggest science and engineering challenges.

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Our Community

A business that's part of the community.

We are as dedicated to serving our local communities as we are to serving the nation. Our employees and retirees give generously, pitch in to help when needed and strive to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

K-12 Education Partnerships

  • Sandia Family Science Nights reached more than 30,000 East Bay students in the past six years.
  • Sandia employees support four California Regional Department of Energy Science Bowls, benefitting more than 1,000 middle- and high-school students annually.
  • Sandia co-sponsors the Expanding Your Horizons math and science conference for girls in grades 6-12.
  • Sandia Women’s Connection has awarded more than 400 Math & Science Awards to outstanding young women in high school over the last 20 years.
  • Our employees support numerous local and regional science fairs.

Community Involvement

  • Our employee giving program, SHARE raises more than $250,000 annually, benefitting more than 200 agencies throughout California.
  • Sandia employees generously donate more than 2,000 pounds of food to local food banks, gifts for more than 500 needy families through our Holiday Spirit Gift campaign and 100 care packages for our troops overseas each year.
  • Lockheed Martin, on behalf of Sandia National Laboratories, donates $100,000 to support California education, arts, civic groups and other causes annually.
  • Our employees log more than 12,000 volunteer hours each year with groups including Citizen Schools, American Cancer society, animal rescue, cultural awareness clubs, youth athletic and scouting organizations.
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Secure relationships

Partnerships we can all feel good about

There are many opportunities to partner with Sandia as a supplier, technology licensee and scientific or industrial partner. Collaboration with industry, small businesses, universities and government agencies on emerging technologies supports Sandia’s primary national security mission and our goal for bringing new technologies to the marketplace. Our customers and associates include federal, state, and local agencies, private companies and academic institutions. For more than three decades, we’ve transferred technology to the commercial sector and made it possible for our partners to access our world-class expertise and infrastructure.

*according to a report by the Center for Economic Development at California State University-Chico.*