Sandia celebrates 60th anniversary in Livermore at 10 a.m. today

Public program at Bankhead to feature Lab, civic leaders

Administrators and employees of Sandia National Laboratories will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the country's preeminent security facility from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at a public program in the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore.

The program will feature technology displays, demonstrations, national security speakers, hands-on science activities and even a bit of employment recruiting.

"We take great pride in all that has been accomplished at this site over the last 60 years and want to share this with the community," said Marianne Walck, vice president of Sandia's California site and the Energy and Climate program. "This event is a chance to showcase some of the important work that happens here."

A fuel-cell electric vehicle will be on display outside the theater, courtesy of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, along with a fuel cell-powered mobile light, courtesy of Altergy.

The event also will showcase Sandia's education outreach programs with hands-on scientific activities, giving students from Livermore High School and Mendenhall Middle School an opportunity to display their engineering projects.

The human resources department will present another aspect of Sandia's California site — as a workplace. Recruiters will be on hand to share Sandia careers andjob opportunities.


We are fortunate to work in such an incredible place full of natural beauty, wonderful people, history and a vibrant economy," said Walck. "We invite the community to share in the celebration of Sandia/California's first 60 years and what we hope to achieve in the next 60 years and beyond."

Sandia president and labs director Jill Hruby and Walck will speak about the history and continued impact of Sandia and the California site.

The program also will feature remarks by Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), State Senator Sen. Steve Glazer, Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Livermore Mayor John Marchand and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Deputy Director Thomas Gioconda.

It will conclude with two national security speeches: Jarret Lafleur, "The Perfect Heist," and Levi Lloyd, "Cybersecurity: Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age."

Some of Sandia/California's work that will be on display in the Bankhead's lobby will include:

An additive manufacturing display with 3-D printed memorabilia giveaways;

Visualizations of the Combustion Research Facility's (CRF) high performance computing-enabled flame modeling and measurements;

An optical engine used in the CRF's engine optimization research;

A photobioreactor filled with growing algae destined for biofuel and a microscope stage to show algae predators at work;

A demonstration of the SpinDx lab-on- a-disk using non-biological samples;

A cybersecurity booth featuring demonstrations of password cracking, computer forensics and encryption method comparisons;

Samples of hydrogen-embrittled metals from Sandia's research to understand and mitigate the effects of hydrogen on different materials;

An overview of the Explosive Destruction System (EDS) including a small-scale model, examples of destroyed munitions and videos of past EDS missions;

A historical overview of Sandia's California site and its national security work.

Sandia National Laboratories, which is headquartered in Albuquerque, is managed and operated by the Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin. Along with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, it is one of the two major Department of Energy research and development national laboratories.

Sandia's roots go back to before World War II and the Manhattan Project when the U.S. Army World War II and the Manhattan Project. Prior to the United States formally entering the war, the U.S. Army leased land near an Albuquerque airport near the Sandia Mountains, giving the site its name.

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