Sandia Labs FY21 LDRD Annual Report


Honors and Distinctions

Steve Slutz received the 2021 Distinguished Career Award from Fusion Power Associates in recognition of more than forty years of innovative as a theorist in Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) research. His LDRD work in pulsed power and high yield fusion is ground-breaking. His invention of the Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion concept is now a leading approach to ICF. Steve Beresh received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Sustained Service Award for significant service and contributions to AIAA. Beresh has led LDRDs focused on hypersonic flows at Sandia. Paul Clem , a materials physicist, received the 2020-2021 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois Department of Materials Science & Engineering. His extensive LDRD work has crossed six research investment areas at Sandia and garnered a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award. David Rademacher received the UNM Sigma Xi Chapter, “Noteworthy Technical Support Person Award” and Associate Membership in the Society. The award honors Rademacher’s excellent record of helping staff mentor early career researchers in their projects, operating labs with exemplary safety practices, and providing vital technical support for realizing successful high impact scientific results. He assisted with an LDRD focused on tunable impedance spectroscopy sensors most recently. Erica Redline was recognized as a 125th Anniversary Fellow for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State. Penn State selected a small group of dedicated alumni whose contributions to the fields of science and engineering have set them apart from their peers. She led LDRD projects in Materials Science and Nuclear Deterrence research areas at Sandia.

David Ching , a mechanical engineer and an early career staff member at Sandia, was recognized for significant contributions to hypersonics LDRD research.

Phillip L. Reu and Daniel P. Rohe co-authored a chapter on digital image correlation and photogrammetry in the recently published book, Handbook of Experimental Structural Dynamics. Reu has led LDRDs on materials reliability for Sandia.

Dolores Black , a PI for numerous LDRDs focused on radiation, electrical, and high energy density science, was invited to be the 2025 Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference general chair.

Stephanie Hansen was elected to the National Ignition Facility User Executive Board. Hansen, an active LDRD PI, has led projects on improving predictive capabilities and the creation of a constitutive framework for multiphysics.



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