Sandia National Labs FY20 LDRD Annual Report


Project Highlights - Workforce Development To execute Sandia’s diverse missions, it takes motivated staff with deep expertise who are committed to advancing the frontiers of science and engineering. The individuals and LDRD teams listed below are just a few of the stellar examples that make up Sandia’s fabric and just a few of the people who work to change the world.

Former Energy Secretary Rick Perry thanked Sandia employees for their contributions to science and issues of national and international security, equating research to public service during a visit to the Labs in 2018.

International Awards Sandia wins six 2020 R&D 100 Awards, three with LDRD roots

Sandia won six 2020 R&D 100 Awards, three of which were enabled in part by LDRD projects. The R&D 100 Awards are one of the most prestigious recognitions of innovation in the world. The winning lists are created by teams of examiners identifying the 100 most technologically significant products each year from an international pool of submissions sent in from government labs, universities, and private corporations. The contest is sponsored by R&D World Magazine, the successor to R&D Magazine. With six wins, Sandia surpassed its own record set in 2017 and also highlights Sandia’s continuing ability to benefit the nation and the world through the depth of technical expertise, and also the breadth of work done in fundamental science and science-based engineering R&D. In 2020, three Sandia teams were sole winners and all had roots in Sandia LDRD projects. The other three were achieved with partner organizations — bringing Sandia’s total to 140 awards since 1976.



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