Competing in an international pool of universities, corporations and government labs, Sandia researchers captured four R&D 100 Awards this year and supported a fifth. One entry also won the R&D 100’s Special Recognition market disrupter Silver Award.
R&D World Magazine — formerly R&D Magazine — presents the awards each year to researchers whom its editors and judges determine have developed the year’s 100 most outstanding advances in applied technologies.
The awards, with their focus on practical impact rather than pure research, reward entrants on their products’ design, development, testing and production.
The criterion for winning has been “demonstrable technological significance compared with competing products and technologies,” and emphasizes properties such as smaller size, faster speed, greater efficiency and higher environmental consciousness. Long ago, now-retired Chicago Tribune science writer Jon Van dubbed them “the Oscars of invention.”
The R&D 100 Awards began in 1963. Since 1976, Sandia has earned 144 awards, including this year’s winners.