Sandia National Laboratory
Sandia National Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Laboratory located in the city of Livermore, CA, East of the San Francisco Bay area and adjacent to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Sandia is a premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation focused on applying science and technology to create a more secure world. The original Sandia Laboratory and corporate headquarters are located in Albuquerque, NM, but the STAR Program is affiliated with the research and development site, Division 8000.
What type of work is done at Sandia?
Sandia is home to a variety of research and development work in five mission areas: 1) energy and infrastructure assurance - ensuring stable energy and water supplies for our nation, 2) homeland security - protecting the United States from terrorism, 3) defense systems and assessments - addresing new threats to national security, 4) nuclear weapons - supporting our nation's deterrence policy by sustaining, modernizing, and protecting our nuclear stockpile, and 5) nonproliferation - preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Materials Science has been a particularly strong focus of STAR studies at Sandia so physics, coding, imaging, and physical chemistry applicants are especially encouraged to apply.
Summer Research Opportunities at SNL
SNL will offer two to four Fellowships with a focus on materials science projects. SNL is a security-concious site and work may involve secure projects suitable only for US Citizens or non-secure projects which are more widely available. Given security concerns and SNL's wide-ranging research profile, project specifics may not be available until Fellows are on-site and therefore Fellows must be open to opportunities as they arise. If you are able to begin your fellowship a week earlier, some additional project opportunities may become available. Recent STAR Fellow projects include material, surface, radiographic, and combustion related research. Fellows typically arrange their own accommodations in Livermore, CA. A strong advantage of working at SNL is that Fellows typically work closely with their mentor in small research teams on related projects.
Past Research Has Included
- Comparison of Beta Backscatter and X-ray Fluorescence Methods to Measure Coating Thickness, Sergio Palomo and Bernice Mills
- Radiographic Density of Selected Materials at Different Thicknesses, Thien Quang Vu-nguyen and Bernice Mills
- Enhanced Presentation of Tomographic Data, Carmen Watts Clayton, Bernice E. Mills, George Buffleben, and Thien Vu-Nguyen
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