Sandia, UNM reach agreement on research, recruiting

Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico (UNM) said they have reached an agreement that will promote research and recruitment capabilities between both institutions on Monday.

Through this memorandum of understanding (MOU) both Sandia and UNM aim to find innovative facility partnerships that can foster collaborative research and recruit prominent researchers for both UNM faculty and Sandia staff. They also wish to explore strategies in engineering developments in order to bolster national security research.
“With this MOU, Sandia and UNM commit to a deeper relationship to strengthen both organizations by exchanging personnel, developing innovative joint research programs and educating the next generation of national security leaders,” Sandia President Paul Hommert said.

According to the announcement approximately 2,400 graduates and 400 current students from UNM currently work for Sandia. The agreement will encourage the sharing of office space, facilities and the integration of research and personnel.
The focus of the collaborative research will be in quantum computing, information science, nuclear engineering, nanoscience and microsystems engineering and many areas relating to national security.
“As two national research institutions, UNM and Sandia have always benefited from exchanging ideas and personnel and have sought to complement each other’s strengths and expertise," UNM Provost Chaouki Abdallah said. "As a recent example, the renewed national interest in the area of high energy density science is one in which both UNM and Sandia are national leaders and the current agreement will further our collaboration and both of our missions in such critical areas.”