In the early 1970s, America was experiencing an energy crisis. The OPEC oil embargo. Long lines at the gas pump. Suddenly the whole country was focused on reducing our dependence on imported oil and improving the energy efficiency of automobiles.
At the same time, Sandia researchers realized that their tools for nuclear research were ideal for addressing this crisis. They turned their attention to studying auto engines. They began searching for more efficient and cleaner fuels. Soon they formed a new, collaborative combustion research facility, and welcomed scientists from industry and universities, so they could address this essential question together.
The newly opened Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC) is an extension of that simple idea. The 110-acre campus brings academia and businesses together with researchers from two national laboratories to work on today's biggest science and engineering challenges. These include collaborative work in bioscience, cyber-security, detection technologies, and hydrogen applications.
With Flad's master plan in place, the LVOC partners will be able to truly collaborate, for decades to come.