Speaking at Albuquerque’s Economic Forum breakfast Wednesday, Sandia National Laboratory’s director said she knows the lab’s access to talent is closely tied to the socio-economic success of the rest of the community
Jill Hruby acknowledged that the while U.S. Department of Energy outpost recently earned awards for its work in security and energy development and continues to try to increase the amount of tech transfers it facilitates, those developments are contingent upon not being the only game in town.
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To get people here there have to be good jobs for spouses, good schools and good jobs for kids of retirees,” said Hruby. “It hasn’t been the tradition here necessarily but we’re turning up the heat.”
Over the last several years Sandia has hired around 1,000 graduates of New Mexico colleges and universities, and has 3,300 people with fewer than five years of service.
Sandia has also increased its focus on getting research into intellectual property form, and then into the hands of companies that can commercialize it, according to Hruby, who noted that the lab had seen a 76 percent increase in its patent output from FY 2012-15, and saw commercial licenses based on lab research go from 13 in 2014 to 34 in 2015.