One of the country’s most competitive innovation contests has tapped 18 finalists with ties to New Mexico’s two national laboratories. Sandia and Los Alamos each have nine finalists for this year’s R&D 100. Sometimes known as the “Oscars of Invention,” the applied science awards focus on new processes, software, materials, and products created by companies, government agencies, and higher education institutions.
Finalists from Sandia include an electrofracturing test system for water-free reservoir stimulation, UXI, Pyomo version 4.1, stress-induced fabrication of functionally designed nanomaterials, T-QUAKE (Transceiver for Quantum Keys and Encryption) and a virtual environment for reactor applications.
Finalists with ties to Los Alamos include an entropy engine, MarFs, photonic band gap structures and PuLMo, a pulmonary lung model that is up for awards in three different categories.
Last year Sandia won five R&D 100 awards, and Los Alamos won one. This year’s award ceremony takes place on Nov. 3 in Oxon Hill, Maryland, just outside of the District of Columbia.
Sandia has an annual operating budget of $2.88 billion and around 10,500 employees. Los Alamos has an annual budget of $2.45 billion and around 10,200 employees.