ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Flanked by high-powered business and university executives, President Robert Frank said Tuesday the University of New Mexico would partner with Battelle, The Boeing Co., the University Texas System and the Texas A&M University System on a bid to manage Sandia National Laboratories.
The team, seeking a five-year deal to manage the national nuclear engineering laboratory, was rolled out at a special event on campus.
Frank said the partnership would seek to bring more jobs and economic development opportunities to New Mexico if it wins the management contract, putting a priority on working with locally-based companies and institutions in their bid to operate the lab.
“Not many research universities have a national lab as a neighbor, and UNM and Sandia already have a long, rich working relationship,” Frank said. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our team to do great things.”