Sandia LabNews

David Chacon honored with Legion of Merit

David Chacon, who works in Sandia’s information technology audits group, has been awarded the Department of Defense Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements during his tenure in the U.S. Army.

Fields of gold

Jennifer Payne is a Sandia ecologist who stabilizes degraded lands. She is also one of two Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioners in New Mexico, a title held by only 150 people in the country. As an ecologist who specializes in restoration, Jennifer ensures that Sandia upholds its commitments to protect land leased from Kirtland Air Force Base and land withdrawn from the U.S. Forest Service.

Device in Z machine measures power for nuclear fusion

To better determine energy leaks at Sandia’s powerful Z machine — where remarkable gains in fusion outputs have occurred over the last two and a half decades, including a tripling of output in 2018 — a joint team from Sandia and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories has installed an upgraded laser diagnostic system.