Sandia Labs FY21 LDRD Annual Report


Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA): Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award Adam D. Williams , a systems engineer has made significant contributions

incorporating systems-theoretic concepts, frameworks, and analysis techniques into Sandia’s national-security mission areas. Williams, who led LDRD projects focused on global security, applied his technological aptitude to conduct high-consequence facility vulnerability assessments, design physical protection systems, analyze geopolitical implications of global energy development and support various global security engagement opportunities. He co-developed an analysis technique that is advancing cybersecurity for U.S. interests.

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers Professional Achievement Award

Yuan-Yu Jau , an atomic physicist, was nominated by Sandia Director James Peery for his extensive technical work and expertise. He has acted as PI for numerous LDRD projects across multiple investment areas, and his publishing record includes more than 40 high-impact, peer-reviewed papers primarily in American Physical Society journals, including American Institute of Physics, Optical Society of America and Nature Portfolio . He co-authored the foundational book “Optically Pumped Atoms ,” and his published work has been cited more than 2,000 times.

Sandia researchers, from left, Yuan-Yu Jau, George Burns, Justin Christensen and Ed Bielejec plan to test a future neutron generator for an electric-field imaging system at Sandia’s Ion Beam Laboratory, pictured here. (Photo by Randy Montoya)



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