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Sandia showcase shines a light on research and tech transfer

MAKING THE CUT — Sandia researcher Mark?Reece, right, and Albuquerque emergency room physician Scott Forman examine trauma shears developed for Forman’s company, Héros, under a  New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program project. (Photo by Randy Montoya)
Albuquerque emergency room physician Scott Forman (left) and Sandia researcher Mark Reece (1831) examine trauma shears developed for Forman’s company, Héros. Mark helped Forman engineer the shears through the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program. Forman will be a speaker at the 2013 Sandia Research & Technology Showcase. (Photo by Randy Montoya)

Sandia will again take its cutting-edge research and technology to the community at a daylong event that will also spotlight intellectual property and how to do business with the Labs through licensing, partnership agreements, procurement, and economic development programs.

The second annual Sandia Research & Technology Showcase is Sept. 10 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque. The event is free and open to the public.

“This is Sandia’s opportunity to highlight our great work in front of a large, interested audience, “says Jackie Kerby Moore, manager of Technology and Economic Development Dept. 7933. “It allows us to share with the community some of the work we do behind the fences.”

The showcase will include presentations, panel discussions, posters, and booths. Posters will focus on four broad themes: bioscience, computing and information science, energy and climate, and nanodevices and microsystems. Within each theme, a collection of research

projects, technologies, and facilities will be featured, illustrating the range of Sandia’s work from early stage research through technology deployment.

The showcase is targeted to local and regional industry and academic partners. The agenda includes an overview of Sandia research and partnerships by Labs Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Julia Phillips. Pete Atherton, senior manager of Industry Partnerships Dept. 7930, will discuss technology transfer. Researchers and licensing executives will talk about available intellectual property (IP) at a panel moderated by Mary Monson, manager of Business Development and IP Management Dept. 7932.

Companies that have partnered with Sandia will talk about achieving business success on a panel moderated by Technology Ventures Corp.’s John Freisinger. Ben Cook (7910), a manager in the CTO Programs Office, will lead a panel on university partnerships and strategies for engagement.

And Jackie will moderate a panel of local leaders who have used Sandia’s economic development programs, including the Sandia Science & Technology Park and the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program.

Researchers and business development specialists will be on hand to discuss the showcased technology. And careers and recruiting staff will be available to answer hiring questions.

The inaugural 2012 showcase had about 400 attendees, including businesspeople from New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Texas, and Utah. Representatives came from the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Tech, Central New Mexico Community College, and the University of Texas El Paso. The New Mexico congressional delegation also was fully represented.

Jackie says connections were established between Sandians and potential suppliers and partners.  

“The planning for this year’s event is going well. We are thrilled with the enthusiasm shown by Sandia’s principal investigators who are participating and pleased to be highlighting their work,” Jackie says. “We hope to increase partnerships as a result.”

In addition to Sandia, sponsors include the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union, the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, Technology Ventures Corp., and the Sandia Science & Technology Park. Online registration is required. For the agenda, more information, and to register, visit