Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore was established in 1956 and, combined with its Albuquerque, New Mexico, location, is the largest Department of Energy national security research facility. Sandia/California employs some 1,000 staff members and contractors, post-doctoral fellows, and students who share the goal of applying science and technology to create a more peaceful and secure world.
Sandia grew out of the Manhattan project, and maintaining the safety, security and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile remains the foundation of our work. We provide crucial systems engineering capabilities to our sister laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Building on this core scientific knowledge, Sandia/California cultivates multiple capabilities in biosciences, cyber security, energy, materials science, engineering and systems analysis to anticipate and respond to the evolving national security landscape, accelerating innovation in all that we do. Today, our mission spans many national security needs, including areas such as homeland security, transportation energy and bioresearch.
Examples of current Sandia/California projects or programs include:
• The Joint Bio-Energy Institute (JBEI), a five-year, $125 million research facility funded by the Department of Energy. This effort, led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with key contributions from Sandia and four other research institutions from the Bay Area, is leading the production of new forms of biofuel, primarily for the automotive sector.
• Sandia’s Biowatch Indoor Reachback Center (BIRC), which models—in intricate detail—the release of bioagents in indoor facilities. To prepare for potential threats, Sandia staff members generate thousands of attack scenarios for specific facilities. If a facility encounters an actual attack, the site will receive real-time assistance based on BIRC model results, enabling the fastest possible response to save the most lives.
• The homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) engine, developed at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility (CRF), which has caught the attention of automotive and diesel engine manufacturers worldwide. The HCCI engine has demonstrated the potential to rival the high efficiency of diesel engines while keeping emissions low.
• A cyber security project known as “Mega Tux.” Sandia computer scientists achieved a significant milestone in the war against malicious computer networks (botnets) when they demonstrated the ability to run more than a million Linux kernels as virtual machines, the first time anyone had ever done so. This achievement will allow cyber security researchers to more effectively observe behavior found in botnets that can operate on a scale that emulates Internet functionality.
Although Sandia is a government research and development laboratory directed to meet the nation’s security needs, Sandia also welcomes commercial and business partnership opportunities. Sandia actively seeks to partner with private companies, universities and state and government agencies, and it anticipates expanding such opportunities with the pending development of its Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC) initiative.
Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram laboratory operated and managed by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California, Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.