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SPIDERS Completed Its Phase 1 Operational Demonstration in Late January

The Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) completed its Phase 1 operational demonstration at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in late January 2013. Part of the SPIDERS assessment team scrutinized controller operations, system status, and continuity of operations throughout the demonstration. Their report will focus on system [...]

Sandia Cyber Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) Formally Opens

Activities at CERL, located in the Sandia Science & Technology Park, are expected to marry computing expertise from across Sandia with that of universities and businesses to develop long-term solutions against the increasingly serious challenges posed by hackers and cybercriminals to individuals, business, and government. “(Cybercrime) can’t be tackled alone,” Sandia President and Labs Director [...]

DHS Mulls Updates to Chemical Site Risk Assessments

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering potential updates to its procedures for assessing risks posed by chemical facilities under a program for imposing greater security requirements on high-threat sites. DHS is collaborating with Sandia to determine how the Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Standards (CFATS) initiative might assess the financial impact of a potential [...]

Sandia Workers Received Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards

Jim Pacheco (now in the Active Response and Denial Dept.) received an Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for his participation in Sandia’s Entrepreneurial Separation to Transfer Technology (ESTT) program, which encourages researchers to take jobs at startup or expanding businesses. ESTT was started in 1994, and since then 144 Sandia employees have left the labs, 57 of [...]

Sandia-Developed Alloy Has Potential for Electronics in Wells

A few years ago, researchers asked Sandia’s geothermal group to develop electronics to monitor well conditions in field operations—withstanding high temperatures and pressures, excessive vibrations, and other extreme environments. Most brazing processes occur at a peak temperature above about 700° C, while most soldering occurs below 350° C, leaving high-temperature electronics few filler materials from which to [...]

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