Sandia LabNews

Automating complex 3D modeling

A team of researchers led by Sandia has invented a first-of-its-kind software for scientists to create accurate digital representations, or meshes, of complex objects. The new software, VoroCrust, offers a novel way to meshes used by scientists in many disciplines to create geometric models of all kinds of parts, from rotors to wheels to protective equipment.

Stimulating marketplace recovery

Sandia has announced a new, fast-track licensing program to rapidly deploy technology to a marketplace reeling from the effects of COVID-19. The move is designed to support businesses facing widespread, often technical challenges resulting from the pandemic.

Federal Laboratory Consortium honors Sandia successes

Four Sandia innovations have been honored this year with national Federal Laboratory Consortium awards. The national FLC awards are some of the most prestigious honors for federal laboratories and industry partners. The awards recognize outstanding technology transfer achievements.

Mark Sellers recognized for diversity leadership

Mark Sellers, associate labs director for mission assurance, has earned a 2020 Diversity Leader Award from Profiles in Diversity Journal for advancing the evolution of diversity and inclusion at Sandia. He was recognized for designing and implementing hiring practices that are “impressive and inspiring.”

Thunderbird Kudos

Earlier this year, Sandia launched Thunderbird Kudos, a program that encourages employees to show their appreciation for the efforts of their co-workers and teams. The program was designed to be a simple and quick way to tell co-workers that their accomplishments are important.

Serving up kindness

More than a dozen Sandia/California employees and their friends and families helped fight food insecurities throughout the Bay Area with the Alameda County Community Food Bank at the second quarter Sandia Serves Saturday event in February.

Long may you run

Friends and family of former Sandia mechanical engineer Larry Johnson, who turned 100 in April, say they have no doubt he’ll keep showing up like he has done in many areas throughout his life. Johnson retired at age 75 after 38 years at the Labs.

Finding a big life on the open road

Brian Olson doesn’t have weekends like everyone else. He spends his days away from Sandia driving people all over the state. From ferrying the elite athletes of the National Football League to and from games to saving the lives of 86 people during a mass shooting, it’s been an interesting trip.