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Camera commercialization
Sandia’s Quinn Looker inspects sensors used in the ultrafast X-ray imager – the fastest multiframe digital X-ray camera in the world. Sandia is partnering with Advanced hCMOS Systems to commercialize the technology. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz
Standout sensor
A version of Sandia National Laboratories’ advanced sensor, called Icarus, is displayed separate from its ultra-high-speed, burst-mode camera. An Albuquerque-based startup plans to make the highly sought tech available to new markets. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz
Rocket sled test
Wes Kuhns, James Arnold, Ben Sanchez, and Paul Vinyard, left to right, install a rocket motor on the 10,000-ft. sled track during a proficiency test. Watch in slow motion as the rocket travels down the track at speeds up to 3,200 ft/sec.: Photo by Craig Fritz
Cyber shuffle
Aboard the 58th Special Operations Wing’s C-130 transport aircraft at Kirtland Air Force Base, Christy Sturgill, Jacob Hazelbaker, Eric Vugrin and Nicholas Troutman, from left to right, were part of the Sandia team working on a moving target defense that makes a computer network commonly used on space and aircraft less vulnerable to cyberattack. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz
Sketched defense
Sandia National Laboratories cybersecurity expert Chris Jenkins and his team at Sandia partnered with researchers at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, to test an idea that could secure computer networks on military aircraft. Here, Chris sits in front of a whiteboard with the original sketch of the moving target defense idea for which he is the team lead. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Jenkins began working from home, and his office whiteboard remained virtually undisturbed for more than two years. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz
Ship tracks
Sandia statistician Lyndsay Shand stands in front of a satellite image of ship tracks. Her team is studying ship tracks to help inform decision-makers of the benefits and risks of one technology being considered to slow climate change. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz
Capturing carbon with clay
Sandia bioengineer Susan Rempe, left, and chemical engineer Tuan Ho peer through an artistic representation of the chemical structure of a kind of clay. Their team is studying how clay could be used to capture carbon dioxide. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz
Breaking ground
Concentrating solar managers and staff break ground on the Gen 3 Particle Pilot Plant during a ceremony on Feb. 16. The new plant will stand next to the existing solar tower, pictured in the background, and will concentrate sunlight to a particle receiver that heats particles to over 700 °C to enable at least six hours of particle-based energy storage. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz
3D-printing technologies like Laser Engineered Net Shaping, shown here, are helping scientists at Sandia rapidly discover, prototype and test new materials that could benefit the energy sector as well as the aerospace and automotive industries. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz
Sandia technologist Levi Van Bastian works to print material on the Laser Engineered Net Shaping machine, which allows scientists to 3D print new high-performance metal alloys. A superalloy could help power plants generate more electricity while producing less carbon. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz
Restoring power to the grid
Fog rises from an electrical substation in Albuquerque. Sandia computer scientists have created a computer algorithm to determine the best way to restore power to a grid after a disruption, such as a complete blackout caused by extreme weather. Photo by Craig Fritz. Learn more at
Power people
Sandia computer scientists Casey Doyle, left, and Kevin Stamber stand in front of an electrical switching station. Their team has developed a computer model to determine the optimal order to restore power to the substations and infrastructure of a grid after a total disruption, a process called a black start. Photo by Craig Fritz. Learn more at
Clean up in Tech Area III
What remains of a military aircraft, an F-4 Phantom, is now one of the few objects on what used to be a cluttered concrete pad in Tech Area III. Since 2018, a team at Sandia has removed more than 3,700 tons of leftover materials from large-scale tests. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz.
Lifted spirits
Executive Labs Director and Chief Information Officer John Zepper demonstrates how various computer parts relate to the human body during his visit to UNM Children’s Hospital. “It was such a great opportunity to be able to teach the kids something about STEM, but most importantly, to see their excitement and take their minds off of why they’re there in the first place,” John said. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz.
Solar star
Mechanical engineer Evan Bush explores using concentrating solar power-generated heat to produce ammonia. In this photo, he places thermocouples inside the receiver cavity of a solar reduction reactor. Learn more about his definition of climate security, how his work helps fight the climate crisis and how he hopes to recruit new generations of climate activists at Photo by Craig Fritz.
Battery data genome
Sandia battery experts Valerio De Angelis, left, and Yuliya Preger are joining scientists from academia, industry and government research institutions around the world in a call to fuel battery innovation by developing battery databases. Here, they stand beside a battery test that has been running since 2017. The data from this experiment will eventually be included in the Battery Data Genome project. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz.
Maximized memory
A Sandia team is collaborating with Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national labs and Intel Federal LLC to optimize DRAM packages, pictured here and found in many consumer laptops, to increase compute platform performance. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz.
Visionary data engineer
Sandia data engineer Rudy Garcia received the 2022 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Technical Achievement and Recognition, or STAR, Award for his work in research and engineering of large software systems and remote-sensing applications, along with his expertise in cloud computing and big geospatial-data architectures. He said his greatest professional strength is the ability to see the big picture and work collaboratively with his colleagues to meet Sandia’s mission. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz.
Car challenge champs
Roosevelt Middle School Team 1, which took the checkered flag for overall competition, makes a presentation about their electric car design during the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz
Oats for all
Sandia fellows Keith Matzen, center right, and Bill Miller, right, fill bags of oats at Roadrunner Food Bank during the 2022 Fall Leadership Forum. The oats will be included in boxes for Roadrunner clients. Learn more at Photo by Craig Fritz

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