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NMSU and Sandia National Laboratories to formalize partnership

Expanded research collaborations between New Mexico State University and Sandia National Laboratories will focus on important national objectives.

The two institutions will formalize their partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The MOU will provide for expanded research interaction and collaboration, leveraging the technical expertise and laboratory facilities of both institutions and strengthening employment opportunities for NMSU students at Sandia upon graduation.

Specific areas of collaboration include:

* Investigation of technologies and methods to improve power, energy and water reliability and security.
* Development of optical-based detectors than can be used in applications ranging from sensing planets and stars for astronomical research to sensing objects in low-light environments for homeland security.
* Creation of new antenna technologies that can be used in wireless systems for commercial and government communications networks.
* Development of microelectromechanical systems that integrate mechanical elements, sensors, actuators and electronics into devices ranging in size from a micrometer to a millimeter. Such devices are incorporated into automobiles, biomedical instrumentation and electronics, to name a few.
* Improving the design of microelectronic circuits used in a wide variety of electronic systems.

"This agreement is another example of Sandia's commitment in working with various colleges and universities throughout the state and the country," said Steve Rottler, Sandia vice president of Weapon Engineering and Product Realization and chief engineer for nuclear weapons. "Specifically, this agreement will provide expanded research interactions between Sandia and NMSU researchers in areas that will benefit the nation."

"A strong partnership between NMSU and Sandia National Laboratories is an essential element in pushing New Mexico forward as a national leader in high-technology development," said NMSU Dean of Engineering Steven P. Castillo. "We are pleased to be working with a world-renowned laboratory and hope that this partnership will contribute to the state's growing technology industry as well as provide future opportunities for graduating engineering students to stay in New Mexico."

Sandia has 19 active agreements with 15 universities throughout the U.S.

NMSU representatives signing the MOU will be Castillo and Vimal Chaitanya, vice president for research, graduate studies and international programs. Signing for Sandia will be Rottler and Vice President of Science, Technology and Research Foundations Rick Stulen.

The public signing ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Dec. 5 in the Paul W. and Valerie Klipsch Museum in the Foreman Engineering Complex at NMSU.

Sandia is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corp., a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia has major research-and-development responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

Dec. 1, 2006
Linda Fresques