Udall Hosts Events At LANL And Sandia With Lead Senate Appropriations Democrat Barbara Mikulski

Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Wednesday, Oct. 14, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will host Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) in Los Alamos and Albuquerque to discuss the important role New Mexico’s national laboratories play in national security, energy and the state’s economy.
Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has fought for strong funding for important programs at New Mexico’s national labs.
He invited Mikulski to tour both labs and to participate in a roundtable discussion at Sandia about improving technology transfer and creating jobs.
The roundtable also will feature Jetta Wong, who oversees the technology transfer at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). 
At 12:15 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 13, Udall and Mikulski will take a closed-media tour of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Afterward, the senators will visit the Los Alamos Historical Museum and adjacent sites.
Udall championed legislation to conserve Los Alamos’ history through the creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The museum tour will be open to the media.
At 9:45 a.m., Wednesday Oct. 14, the senators and Wong, DOE’s Acting Director of the Office of Technology Transitions, will visit Sandia for the tech transfer roundtable discussion.
They will be joined by LANL and Sandia officials and several local businesses that were created based on technology developed at the labs: HTMicro, Applied Technology Associates, Abbott Medical Optics, Flow Science, UbiQD and Aquila Technologies.
The business representatives will share their experience with the tech transfer process. Udall is leading the push to expand DOE’s tech transfer to help create jobs and build New Mexico’s economy.
He will solicit suggestions at the roundtable to help update his tech transfer legislation, which he plans to reintroduce this fall. 
From Albuquerque, Udall will travel to Truth or Consequences, Las Cruces, Deming, Lordsburg and Silver City for meetings and events focused on building New Mexico’s economy and creating jobs.