Sandia Day at UMN: April 10

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When: April 10, 2024, 1:00-2:00 p.m. CDT
Online: Attend via Zoom
In-Person: Laukka Conference Room, 2nd. Floor, McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) is hosting Sandia Day at the University of Minnesota, a chance for interested researchers to learn more about Sandia National Laboratories and potential partnerships and projects.

Participants will get a chance to hear from Sandia officials Amy Shrouf and Ken Patel:

Sandia Overview
Presented by: Amy Shrouf, Director, Proliferation Assessments/National Security Programs, Sandia National Laboratories

Topics: General information; History; Program portfolio descriptions (Nuclear Deterrence, Global Security, National Security Programs, Energy & Homeland Security, Advanced Science & Technology); Funding sources; Laboratory accomplishments; Research & Development

Sandia Academic Programs Overview
Presented by: Ken Patel, Manager, Academic Programs

Topics: Sandia University Partnerships Network; Laboratory Directed Research & Development (LDRD); Postdoctoral research and fellowship programs; Faculty collaborations; Academic research; Talent acquisition

The University has been building connections with Sandia for several years, and Sandia has a local office in Shoreview that serves as a point of contact for partners from the U and other Minnesota collaborators.

Sandia has an exciting portfolio of research that includes the LDRD program, which invests in high-risk, high-payoff R&D. UMN hypersonics researchers have participated in this program, which focuses on: 

  • Biological Science
  • Earth, Energy & Environmental Science
  • Engineering Science
  • Materials & Advanced Manufacturing
  • Mathematics, Computing & Information Science
  • Nanodevices and Microsystems
  • Physical Science
  • Radiation Effects & High Energy Physics

Please contact Laura Fingerson,, in RIO with questions about the event.