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Education Opportunities

Partnering with higher education for the future of the Laboratory, fostering relationships that attract students, educators, and potential research and commercial partners.

Extensive, beneficial collaborations support educational experiences

As of 2011, Los Alamos National Laboratory had 375 subcontracts that totaled $80.9 million in universities across 41 states. Our agreements with University of California and New Mexico universities represent a sizable portion of those subcontracts because of our Education Institute Partnerships.

The Education Institutes maintain a focus on university interactions, primarily with University of California campuses. These include

  • Engineering Institute, in conjunction with the University of California (UC), San Diego
  • Information Science and Technology Institute, in conjunction with UC, Santa Cruz
  • Institute for Geophysics, Planetary Physics, and Signatures
  • Materials Science Institute, in conjunction with UC, Davis and UC, Santa Barbara
  • Seaborg Institute

Distance learning 

The National Security Education Center is a hub to students, visiting professors from around the world, and Lab technical staff who participate in distance-learning classes and engage in exciting projects on everything from the structural health of wind-turbine blades to new computer architectures for handling gigantic data sets.

Key working relationships with major universities

In addition to the institutes and centers, the Lab worked diligently and methodically over the last six years to build, maintain, and enhance essential relationships with major universities.

  • Under the auspices of DOE’s National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts, Los Alamos is part of a consortium of more than three dozen university and industry partners engaged in developing economically viable and environmentally sustainable methods to produce algal biofuels. Algae extraction technology is based on the Lab’s R&D 100 award-winning Ultrasonic Algal Biofuel Harvester.
  • The Lab is part of DOE’s National Advanced Biofuels Consortium, which includes 17 partners from industry, universities, and national laboratories. The goal of the consortium is to develop infrastructure-compatible, biomass-based hydrocarbon fuels. Los Alamos is developing catalysts to degrade biomass into usable fuels.
  • Los Alamos, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory collaborated on a new computer model of the Earth’s magnetosphere
  • Los Alamos and Duke University have partnered in designing early-phase safety trials to assess a Lab-designed HIV mosaic vaccine for humans
  • Los Alamos and the University of New Mexico began working on a new project to develop early detection for contaminants in the beef-production environment