Sandia National Laboratories Director Paul Hommert shows appreciation for Sandia scientists and engineers who won four R&D 100 awards for 2012. Visit NNSA's Flickr  page for more photos.
The awards were won in competition with an international pool that included universities, corporations and other government labs. R&D Magazine presents the awards  each year to researchers whom its editors and independent judging panels determine have developed the 100 most outstanding advances in applied technologies.
The awards, with their focus on practical impact rather than pure research, reward entrants on their products’ design, development, testing and production. The Chicago Tribune science writer Jon Van once described the contest as “the Oscars of invention.”