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C. Paul Robinson of Sandia National Laboratories, Sen. Pete Domenici, Sen. Kay
Bailey Hutchison and UT System Chancellor Mark Yudof at agreement signing

Sandia, UT System sign memorandum of understanding

(April 21, 2005)--UT System Chancellor Mark Yudof and C. Paul Robinson, president of Sandia National Laboratories, signed a multi-faceted memorandum of understanding (MOU) April 6 in Washington, D.C.

Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Pete Domenici, R-N.M., Robinson and Yudof participated in the ceremony.

"This agreement represents a tremendous opportunity to advance the strong, existing relationship between the UT System and one of the country's premier national laboratories," said Yudof. "It offers a great opportunity for the UT System's faculty, students and researchers to be involved more directly in the unclassified, cutting-edge science and research being conducted by Sandia."

The five-year agreement states the UT System will develop, perform and be accountable for the peer review process of the Sandia Assurance System for Science, Technology and Engineering.

According to Robinson, Sandia has established and maintained strategic partnerships with outstanding national institutions in academia, industry and government; the MOU strengthens the strategic relationship, created several years ago between the UT System, Lockheed Martin Corp. and Sandia.

A newly designated UT System position on the Sandia board of directors will oversee technical reviews working through a new subcommittee of the Mission Committee of the Sandia board.

Another key aspect of the MOU will add to ongoing Sandia-UT System activities by undertaking joint technical research projects and collaborations that take advantage of complementary competencies in simulation engineering, high-energy density physics, sustainable energy security for the nation's transportation infrastructure and health security.

The agreement calls for Sandia and the UT System to use joint appointments so Sandia scientists can serve as staff for graduate programs at UT institutions and UT faculty, staff and students can have long-term involvement in Sandia research programs. The UT System also plans to use professors from its institutions to provide on-site and distance education courses to Sandia personnel.

The UT System has 15 campuses, including nine academic and six health institutions, and an annual operating budget of $8.5 billion (FY 2005). Student enrollment exceeded 182,000 in 2004. The UT System confers one-third of Texas' undergraduate degrees and educates three-fourths of Texas health care professionals. With more than 76,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in Texas.

Sandia is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia has major research and development responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

For more information, contact Michael Warden, UT System executive director for public affairs, at (512) 499-4363.

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