Sandia National Labs FY20 LDRD Annual Report
FY20 ANNUAL REPORT
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Nathaniel Trask , Sandia researcher, received two Early Career Research Awards in 2020 – one from DOE and another from the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research for his proposed project, aimed at helping scientists use the laws of physics to view multiscale physical events at a new level of clarity. The design of microelectronic devices, resilient energy storage systems, and the study of discrete fracture networks in subsurface flows, could benefit from increased accuracy. Thomas O’Connor , a 2019 Truman Fellow, was appointed Inaugural Early Career Officer within the Division of Polymer Physics (DPOLY) of the American Physical Society. In 2020, he published four papers, co-organized the 2021 DPOLY short course on the “Macromolecular Engineering of Formulations,” and was invited to give seven talks.
Jessica Rimsza , Sandia materials science researcher, was recognized at the 7th World Materials Research Institutes Forum Workshop for Early Career Scientists. Her work focuses on the molecular scale modeling of glass and ceramic materials, with a particular focus on surface properties.
Kevin Young , named by DOE Office of Science to their Early Career Research Program, received a grant to continue his work improving the performance of modern quantum information processors. Young co-leads Sandia’s Quantum Performance Laboratory and performs research focused on modeling, assessing, and improving the performance of quantum computers. His winning proposal was titled, “Quantum Performance Enhancement.”
Mike Hamel received a 2020 Mission Innovator Award for technical impact, leadership, and innovative research for Sandia’s radiation detection program. His award noted that Hamel seeks to advance the field by generating new concepts and LDRD projects and works across the Labs to unleash Sandia’s capabilities.
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