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Eight Sandians took part in the USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Oct. 23-24, 2010. Thousands of youth (ages ranging from toddlers to teenagers) assembled on the Mall to interact with scientists and engineers from across the country. The festival’s mission was to reinvigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The visitors got to see and touch some of the Sandia technologies that are helping keep their world peaceful and free, and the Sandians got a first-hand reminder of why the Labs’ work is important. (3600, 5200, 5700, 5900, 10600, 1700, 6500, 6600, 5400).

As part of a strategy to integrate social media into Sandia’s communications practices, the Media Relations and Communications group successfully leveraged such resources for crisis communications in support of the emergency response to the events that occurred at the EMCORE complex Monday, July 12, 2010. During the emergency, the corporate Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube social media channels were demonstrated to be effective in reaching a vast audience of members of the public and news media with timely information concerning the breaking events, safety of the workforce, rumor control efforts, and post-emergency outreach.

For many members of the workforce, these channels served as a primary source of emergency information during the event. (3600), All SMUs

Each citation is followed by the center numbers of centers that contributed most directly to the effort described. An acronym after each accomplishment indicates which of Sandia’s strategic management units (SMUs) or strategic management groups (SMGs) the work most directly supported.

The SMG/SMU acronyms are:

  • NW: Nuclear Weapons SMG & SMU
  • DS & A: Defense Systems & Assessments SMU
  • IHNS: International, Homeland, and Nuclear Security SMU
  • ECIS: Energy, Climate, and Infrastructure SMU
  • IES: Integrated Enabling Services SMU
  • SPP: Sandia Partnership Projects