Labs Accomplishments 2001
Introduction: Labs President Paul Robinson's letter to all Sandians:
In Donald Stokes' book, Pasteur's Quadrant, it was suggested that the best model for advancing science and technology may well be to seek new "understandings" while also seeking new "uses" for science and technology. It is a model we at Sandia greatly respect.
This year, the challenge of marrying use with understanding appears to have been well met. This report chronicles many accomplishments, large and small, by technical teams, support staff, and individual researchers. I believe you will agree with me that Sandians have made many important advancements.
Some of the achievements are already of great significance, like the innovations that have kept America's nuclear weapons safe and reliable. Others opened up new possibilities to create new strengths for the future, including advances in short pulse lasers; in ultra-high magnetic pressures; in nanotechnology; in miniaturized sensors and circuitry; in missile defense targets and advanced satellites; in new energy conversion technology; and in supercomputing, information systems, and cybersecurity.
The opportunity the nation affords us to participate in the creation of new knowledge, as we also help to solve important national problems, makes working in the Laboratories perhaps one of the greatest privileges any citizen can have.
C. Paul Robinson, Labs President and Director
Introductory note from editor
Toward the beginning of each calendar year the Lab News sums up Sandia National Laboratories' principal achievements during the previous fiscal year. This issue of Labs Accomplishments continues that tradition.
All Sandia divisions were invited to submit achievements; submissions selected by the VPs' offices are presented on the following pages. The work was accomplished mostly during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2000. Key Sandia organizations contributing to each accomplishment are in parentheses at the end of each entry. Also -- new this year -- a key contact name and e-mail address for each submission are included.
You'll note that the work is presented here by category. We find this organizational approach to be helpful, but it is important to recognize that such categorization,
particularly in a multiprogram, multidisciplinary laboratory such as Sandia, is to some extent arbitrary. Much of the work listed under the category "Nuclear weapons," for example, could very appropriately have been listed under "Microelectronics" or "Computing."
Last modified: Jan. 31, 2001
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