The University of New Mexico and Sandia National Laboratories have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding that significantly strengthens collaborative research and development between the two institutions, expanding the opportunities for students to participate in cutting-edge research and preparing them for a global job market.

UNM Vice President for Research and Economic Development Julia Fulghum noted, "The MOU creates opportunities for UNM faculty and Sandia technical staff to create or expand partnerships that advance research, education and technology development.  We are formalizing a substantive plan for collaboration that will have benefits that extend well beyond the two institutions. Students will have increased opportunities for internships and graduate research funding as well as job possibilities as we expand research collaborations."

SNL Vice President Steve Rottler agrees, "SNL and UNM have a long history of working together.  We jointly participated in the initial AML dedication in 1992.  Roughly twenty Sandians currently serve in some teaching capacity at UNM and 1,800 UNM alumni are currently working at Sandia.  Updating the AML MOU is symbolic of this history, the strong bonds between the two institutions and our intent to develop future collaborations that will benefit New Mexico and the nation."

Specifically, the MOU provides a basis for Sandia and UNM to work together to advance areas of mutual interest and to achieve strategic goals, including: attracting and retaining highly talented students, faculty, and researchers; developing and nurturing new and nationally recognized expertise and technologies; highlighting research and development with wide-reaching benefits; and expanding UNM's key role as a source of talented students and nationally prominent faculty and researchers.

Sandia and UNM have identified numerous areas of collaboration including quantum information, energy technologies and nanoparticle-based drug delivery. "It is imperative that we continue to emphasize the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, and it is our duty to provide training and research opportunities that prepare our students to develop technologies that will address critical societal challenges," said UNM President David J. Schmidly.

Sandia President Paul Hommert says, "Our goals, as outlined in the MOU, are to develop joint nationally recognized competencies, to attract and retain highly talented individuals, and to develop collaborations that benefit the community, state and nation.  By building on successes already reported, such as those in cancer research and quantum science, the partnership between Sandia and UNM will further highlight Albuquerque as an important science and engineering center in our state and the nation."

Goals of the MOU include developing at least one new shared and nationally recognized research area every three years and working to increase research funding from external sources for both institutions.

Remarks by SNL VP Steve Rottler

Remarks by UNM VP for Research Julia Fulghum

Remarks by UNM President David J. Schmidly

Remarks by SNL President Paul Hommert

Sandia National Laboratories Contact: Neal Singer (505) 845-7078 UNM Contact: Karen Wentworth (505) 277-5627;