The announcement was made today at a press conference at UNM.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration has initiated a competition for the contract to manage and operate Sandia National Laboratories, which also has a laboratory in Livermore, California. Sandia is a federally-funded research and development center responsible for non-nuclear engineering development of all U.S. nuclear weapons and for systems integration of the nuclear weapons with their delivery vehicles.
A contract decision is anticipated by the end of this year.
“UNM and Sandia have shared a strong, multidimensional and strategic research collaboration for many decades, aligned both in proximity and in mission,” said UNM President Robert G. Frank. “We believe that our team will strengthen our impact on research in national security and provide many benefits to the local community and the state of New Mexico.”
Currently, more than 2,400 UNM graduates are employed at Sandia.
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