New Sandia National Laboratories-University of New Mexico joint hire, Dr. Fernando Garzon.

New Sandia National Laboratories-University of New Mexico joint hire, Dr. Fernando Garzon.

Sandia and the University of New Mexico (UNM) have hired Dr. Fernando Garzon, a nationally recognized scientist/inventor, to work for both institutions. “Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico have enjoyed a close relationship for many years in the areas of research, education, and technology development and deployment,” said Sandia Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Julia Phillips. “The joint-hire program is a natural development in that deepening partnership and one that promises new opportunities for even stronger collaborations between the two institutions.”

Dr. Garzon will establish and lead a research program in materials science and engineering with an emphasis on energy technologies. He will attract, mentor, and direct junior faculty and Sandia researchers, post-docs, and students to Sandia and UNM, and will help form strategic partnerships between Sandia, UNM, and other research institutions. “I am very excited to work with both UNM and Sandia,” Dr. Garzon said. “The synergies between the university and the national lab create a unique research environment to mutually develop advanced energy technologies.”

Dr. Garzon’s research interests include fuel-cell materials technology, energy storage, high-temperature materials and devices, advanced gas-sensor development, electronic conducting transition metal oxides, thin-film growth, ceramic membrane technology, and solid-state ionics. Dr. Garzon has been president of the Electrochemical Society and is a Fellow of the organization.

Read the Sandia news release.

Read the University of New Mexico news release.