The Sandia National Laboratories division at Livermore, California, is a Department of Energy
(DOE) facility. It is Sandia's mission to maintain the reliability and surety of nuclear weapon
systems, conduct research and development in arms control and nonproliferation technologies, and
investigate methods for the disposal of the United States' nuclear weapons program's hazardous waste.
Since opening in 1956, Sandia/California has been active in California's technical community.
Sandia innovations introduced into industry - such as clean rooms for semiconductor
manufacturing - have had an enormous impact on commercial processes. Sandia's original emphasis on
nuclear weapons related engineering expanded into new areas as national security requirements
changed. Today, with no nuclear testing, Sandia's weapons work focuses on ensuring that the nuclear
stockpile is safe, secure, and reliable through advanced modeling and simulation coupled with
laboratory and field testing. Sandia's scientists are also breaking new ground in energy research and are
helping to accelerate the development of next-generation biofuels so that we can reduce our nation's
dependence on foreign oil and mitigate the effects of global climate change.