Sandia LabNews

Advanced microscopy reveals unusual DNA structure

An advanced imaging technique reveals new structural details of S-DNA, ladder-like DNA that forms when the molecule experiences extreme tension. This work conducted at Sandia and Vrije University in the Netherlands provides the first experimental evidence that S-DNA contains highly tilted base pairs.

AI center to combine hardware, software for practical gains

Sandia and Pacific Northwest national laboratories and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta are launching a research center that combines hardware and software design and development to improve artificial intelligence technologies that will ultimately benefit the public.

Using big data to solve big New Mexico problems

Community Involvement kicked off this fiscal year’s Community Engagement Speakers Series with a talk by NM Appleseed Executive Director and Founder Jennifer Ramo. NM Appleseed is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to ending poverty through systemic solutions to complex issues like hunger, education and homelessness.

Strategic Priority No. 7

Sandia's Strategic Priority No. 7 is a call to action to identify better, easier ways to do our job on behalf of the nation. We need to be more agile, make more focused decisions to create and sustain an exceptional institution and remove organizational barriers that are slowing us down and reducing our impact.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Several Sandia events honored this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual campaign held each October that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

Exceptional service in the national interest

Two dates are well known to Sandians: the day President Harry Truman wrote a letter calling for “exceptional service in the national interest” and the day Sandia (previously Z Division) separated from its parent, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and became the entity we know it as today.

Labs historian Rebecca Ullrich presents 70 years of Sandia

As part Sandia’s 70th anniversary celebration, Labs employees were treated to an insightful, humorous and engaging presentation, “70 years of Sandia: How did we get here?” by Sandia historian Rebecca Ullrich. During the presentation, Rebecca described the Labs’ path from its beginnings as part of Los Alamos National Laboratory to the launch of Sandia Corporation and the Albuquerque campus to the expansion of the Labs to its current state.

Building Sandia: 1940s to 1960s

Sandia’s built environment tells a story of its adaptation and vision for the future. The buildings and structures reflect a rich and varied 70-year architectural history that first began to take shape in the fall of 1945, when the Los Alamos based Z Division started moving down to the site of the current Albuquerque campus.

With grit and determination

Army veteran Mark Small started working at Sandia as an intern through the former Wounded Warrior Career Development Program, now called the Exceptional Warrior Career Development Program. Working with Sandia mentors, he completed bachelor's and master's degrees and secured a staff position at the Labs. He is one of the program’s success stories, and he now works to recruit other veterans to Sandia.

From Afghanistan to Alaska, with atmosphere in between

For Justin LaPierre, helping maintain an atmospheric research station at the northern tip of Alaska is “eerily reminiscent” of being deployed in the deserts of Afghanistan — just much colder. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, LaPierre has worked as an observer at Oliktok Point for two years.

Stephanie Hansen elected APS Fellow

Stephanie Hansen has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society by its Division of Plasma Physics, recognized for contributions to the fundamental modeling of nonequilibrium atoms and radiation in extreme environments, and for using spectroscopic analysis to increase understanding of diverse laboratory and astrophysical plasmas.

John Shadid awarded Hughes Medal from USACM

Sandia computational scientist John N. Shadid has been awarded the Thomas J.R. Hughes Medal from the United States Association for Computational Mechanics in recognition of outstanding and sustained contributions to the broad field of Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Labs director updates New Mexico state legislators on Sandia successes, future

Sandia Labs Director Steve Younger addressed the New Mexico State Legislature’s interim Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee last month, highlighting the Labs’ accomplishments and commitment to the state.