Microsystems Engineering, Science and Applications (MESA)

Sandia’s primary mission is ensuring the U.S. nuclear arsenal is safe, secure, reliable, and can fully support the nation’s deterrence policy. Employing only the most advanced and failsafe technologies to fulfill our responsibilities as stewards of the nuclear stockpile, Sandia is responsible for the development, design and maintenance of approximately 90 percent of the several thousand parts found in any given weapon system, including radiation-hardened microelectronics.

In support of this mission, Sandia has a significant role in advancing the state-of-the-art in microsystems research and development and in introducing microsystems into the nuclear stockpile. Microsystems incorporate radiation-hardened microelectronics, and other advanced components such as micromachines, optoelectronics, and photonic systems. The MESA Complex is designed to integrate the numerous scientific disciplines necessary to produce functional, robust, integrated microsystems and represents the center of Sandia’s investment in microsystems research, development, and prototyping activities. This suite of facilities encompasses approximately 400,000 square feet and includes cleanroom facilities, laboratories, and offices.

Find out more about the MESA Complex.


These facilities are available to support applications that can benefit from their unique capabilities.  To find out more about opportunities to engage this facility in your work, contact the user liaison listed below.

User liaison

Dede Valerio
Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 5800, MS 1083
Albuquerque, NM 87185-1074
Phone: (505) 844-8571