2022 Sandia/UC Davis Research Partnership Symposium

David Osborn presenting at symposium UC Davis 2019

Sandia National Laboratories and the University of California-Davis College of Engineering have partnered to host an on-going series of research networking symposiums, where registration is free and open to all Sandia personnel, College of Engineering faculty, and graduate students.

The symposium offers unique opportunities to connect with research partners, expand the impact of your work, build your research network, pique the interest of talented engineering students, and enhance Sandia’s mission.

The 2022 Sandia/UC Davis Research Partnership Symposium takes place on April 26th, 2022 at UC Davis and focuses on the following research areas: Additive Manufacturing & Design and Climate Security. We are looking to you to establish research connections and foster beneficial collaboration across scientific disciplines.

2022 Symposium Event Details

The symposium will take place at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center on the UC Davis campus at 530 Alumni Lane, Davis, CA 95616. Complimentary parking is available for registered guests in the Gateway Parking Structure.

Registration is free and open to all Sandia personnel and UC Davis College of Engineering faculty, postdoctoral staff, and graduate students. Registered participants will receive meeting invitations.

Sandia and UC Davis researchers will present their respective research and collaboration interests in sessions throughout the morning and afternoon. The presentations are limited to 15 minutes with 5 minutes for Q&A.

General Schedule

8:00AMCheck-in opens
8:45AMWelcome/Opening Remarks
9:30AMTechnical Talks and Q&A
12:00PMLunch, Poster Session, and Recruiting Event
1:30PMTechnical Talks and Q&A
4:00PMReception
5:00PMEvent Concludes
Sandia/UC Davis Research Thrusts

Sandia’s Mission Areas highlight Sandia’s primary research programs. In addition, Sandia’s Research Foundations and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) provide a sense of the scope of research thrusts across the labs. The Sandia/UC Davis Research Partnership focuses in on the following four research areas:

Additive Manufacturing & Design

Sandia’s Additive Manufacturing & Design program is building a foundational technical basis to rapidly design, develop, prototype, produce, characterize, and insert additively manufactured components and system technologies in our nation’s nuclear deterrent. The ability to innovate new component designs will rapidly accelerate our nation’s response to emerging and evolving national security needs.

Key strategic thrusts for Sandia’s strategy include:

  1. Materials Reliability
  2. Design and Engineering
  3. Process and Acceptance Capabilities
  4. New Materials and Compelling Applications
  5. Data Management

Climate Security

Sandia’s national security mission, systems engineering strength, and breadth and diversity of programs position us to help address the national and global security threats associated with climate change. The Labs’ foundational research enables this work and supports climate-critical capabilities in four primary areas: high-reliability engineering; modeling and simulation; safety, risk, and vulnerability analysis; and sensors and sensor systems. This work builds on Sandia’s long heritage of providing the nation with climate-related innovation; research and development in atmospheric measurement and testing, climate modeling, clean energy and energy resilience, and safety and security has already contributed significantly to advancing climate security.

Key strategic thrusts for Sandia’s strategy include:

  1. Climate Modification Modeling & Analysis
  2. Rapid Innovation in Renewable Energy
  3. Industrial Decarbonization
  4. Low Carbon Fuels and Energy Carriers

Sensors & Detection Technologies

Research priorities in sensor and detection technologies span across Sandia’s mission space including:

  1. Detection of chemical and biological threats, including emerging pandemics
  2. Sensing and process automation in harsh environments for energy conversion and delivery systems, nuclear reactors, drilling operations, and management of nuclear waste
  3. Physical site security, border and transportation security, emergency response, and infrastructure security — specific technical challenges include sensing, tracking assessment and response to physical adversarial threats, especially unmanned aircraft systems
  4. Energy-efficient sensing and sensor data processing in connected and highly automated transportation systems constrained by size, weight, and power

Information Science, Computational Science, and Trusted Artificial Intelligence

Sandia relies on innovative and foundational Research and Development across the spectrum of data science and decision analytics approaches to have impact on multiple mission needs and domains (e.g., cybersecurity; discerning propagation of disinformation; monitoring ports of entry, advanced nuclear reactors, and physical security; as well as resilient energy production, transportation infrastructure, and making other critical infrastructures resilient to both attack and failure).

Partnership in research and development that advances the fields of Information Science, Computational Decision Science, and Trusted Artificial Intelligence to support these are of interest, including:

  1. Advanced statistical methods in machine learning, and explainability
  2. Optimization, game theory, and uncertainty quantification of system risk analyses that make use of both hard data and soft data (e.g., expert judgement, public opinion, economics)
  3. Scalable real-time streaming analytics
  4. Large-scale data analysis including the aggregation of data for identifying weak indicators, aspects of privacy, and multi-party computations
Team Proposal Information

Proposal Selection Process

After the symposium, UC Davis faculty are encouraged to collaborate with Sandia researchers to create a one-page research proposal to submit for consideration. Proposal templates will be emailed out to participants prior to the event.

Your proposal should describe your research plan and a long-term plan for continued partnership. The intent of the symposium is to build long-term relationships that benefit Sandia and UC Davis. How will you work to do this? What is your long-term vision for the partnership?

A review board will select up to four one-page proposals. If your initial proposal is selected, the UC Davis research partner will be awarded up to $50,000 in FY23 LDRD funding once the proposal is submitted and approved.

Proposals will be reviewed based on:  

  • Technical and programmatic merit as well as alignment with Sandia’s technical research areas
  • Perceived ability of proposed collaboration to lead to a long-term, focused strategic research partnership with faculty and students 
  • The ability (in some cases) to broaden a relationship into new technical areas

Proposal Submission Timeline

The initial proposals are due no later than close of business on Thursday, May 26, 2022. The timeline below outlines other important dates. Submission details will be communicated at the partnership event.

April 26Sandia/UC Davis Research Partnership Symposium
May 26Proposals due by 5PM PST
July 15Awards announced
October 1Project start date

Optional important dates for teams: 

  • December 2022: FY24 LDRD research calls posted
  • February 2023: FY24 LDRD standard idea submission due

Thank you for your commitment to the Sandia and UC Davis collaboration. Good luck with your proposal.

2022 Symposium Recruiting Event Details

April 25, 2022: Sandia Information Session and Pizza

What: Sandia will be hosting a 30-minute information session for COE students. Come by with questions or just to listen to research staff talk about Sandia and career opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and undergraduate students. We’ll ask students to register their information into our recruiting database to follow up on future events and hiring opportunities. Pizza will be provided.

When: Monday, April 25th at 5:00pm

Where: 1003 Kemper Hall

April 26, 2022: Student Poster Session and Recruiting Booth

What: Sandia recruiters will be on campus to meet with graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to answer questions about Sandia and discuss career opportunities. We’ll ask students and researchers to register their information into our recruiting database to follow up on future events and hiring opportunities. Come by to also see research projects from fellow graduate students.

When: Tuesday, April 26th from 12:00-1:30pm

Where: UC Davis Alumni Center

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Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Researcher Resources

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Contact Information

The Sandia Campus Executive Deputy for the UC Davis partnership is Erin Mussoni. She can be reached at eemusso@sandia.gov.