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Sandia’s Ron Lipinski Wins DOE Award for Mars Rover Work

On October 15, 2012, in Energy, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy

Ron Lipinski has to imagine everything that can go wrong in a system. When he’s examining the Mars Curiosity Rover’s plutonium power generator, or a safety analysis for the Kennedy Space Center, a lot can be at stake. Lipinski is the team leader for the Mars Science Laboratory Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermal Generator team. For his work at Sandia National Laboratories, [...]

Sandia Builds Android-Based Network to Study Cyber Disruptions

As part of ongoing research to help prevent and mitigate disruptions to computer networks on the Internet, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in California have turned their attention to smartphones and other hand-held computing devices. Sandia cyber researchers linked together 300,000 virtual hand-held computing devices running the Android operating system so they can study large [...]

Officials Turn to Sandia National Labs for Help on Huge Sinkhole

The 300-foot-wide sinkhole that has threatened since August to swallow gas pipelines, homes, and property in south Louisiana has drawn in experts from Sandia National Laboratories normally associated with nuclear research to figure out its cause. Experts are trying to determine what caused the sinkhole to form and expand in Assumption Parish’s Bayou Corne that [...]

Experts Call for Triple Bottom Line Approach to National Energy Policy

On October 11, 2012, in Energy, Mission, News, News & Events, Vision/Mission

New survey results on national energy policy from the Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories and OurEnergyPolicy.org show that a large majority of U.S. energy professionals have a clear preference for a national energy policy that places equal weight on energy security, economics and the environment. If that isn’t a Triple Bottom Line focus, what is? Offering [...]

Sandia to Study the Little Things

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Sandia recently received a $900,000 grant to investigate the tiniest parts of solar materials. The new grant, announced by the U.S. Department of Energy in late August, will fund development of new microscopy tools to help understand the chemical and electronic structure of thin-film photovoltaic, or solar, materials and how microscopic [...]

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