On Wednesday, US Senator Ben Ray Lujan visited Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs. Courtesy photo
FROM THE OFFICE OF SENATOR LUJAN
U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (DN.M.) visited Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs on Wednesday and met with their executives to discuss the importance of passing U.S. innovation and competition law. Recently, Senator Luján secured an amendment to the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act that will invest $ 17 billion in U.S. National Laboratories and other Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. He also defended an amendment to establish a nonprofit foundation that would channel private sector investment to support the DOE’s mission and accelerate the commercialization of innovative technologies. Together, these measures would strengthen the ability of Labs to create economic opportunities for New Mexicans.
In Los Alamos, Senator Luján stopped by the Bureau of Biological and Environmental Research Sciences, Division of Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences to discuss the lab’s efforts to address the climate crisis and improve carbon capture. Senator Luján also visited the Los Alamos National Lab’s regional workforce development office to discuss partnerships and job opportunities created to support local workforce development across the region. . At Sandia, he was briefed on the progress of the Quantum Scientific Computing Open User Testbed (QSCOUT) program, which is a Sandia-led research project aimed at investing in quantum computing that will likely help shape the long-term future of information. age. QSCOUT is unique in its ability to provide users with a rare amount of control over their research through a free, open-access quantum computing benchmark made with trapped ion technology.
“I was honored to join the leadership of Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs on a tour of their facilities and to receive information about a fraction of the incredible work that takes place here. The discoveries made in our laboratories are essential to public health, national security, and our long-term global competitiveness. This is why I fought for the American law on innovation and competition to include strong support for the Department of Energy ”, said Lujan. “I look forward to returning to Washington next week to continue fighting to bring this crucial legislation across the finish line.”
“Sandia Labs was pleased to welcome Senator Luján to hear about our nuclear deterrence mission and visit a new quantum test bed called QSCOUT which is available to researchers inside and outside of Sandia. “said James Peery, director of the Sandia National Laboratories. “The senator has long been a champion of national laboratories. We are grateful for Senator Luján’s continued support to the laboratories of the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration to help research and development move forward so that the United States remains competitive and that our nation endures in security.
“History has shown that investing in American innovation means economic growth and strategic security advantages. Senator Luján’s efforts to integrate our strong national laboratory system with US innovation and competition law would go a long way in making the country more competitive in the future, ”said LANL Director Thom Mason. “We were delighted to welcome the Senator to LANL to discuss the lab’s many technical capabilities that could support US innovation and global competitiveness, workforce development and training, as well as our climate research and technology transfer program.