Sandia S&T Park emanates from Sandia's success over the past decade in reaching out to industry. Sandia has made an explicit effort to work closely with industry on technological R&D projects of mutual benefit to Sandia and the companies involved. Although there are risks in such endeavors, Dr. Thayer noted, R&D has inherent risks of failure, whether undertaken by a national laboratory alone or in concert with industry.
Dr. Hartley noted that, from his perspective, one of the tests of Sandia's success is the extent to which staff find challenging jobs beyond the lab. Ironically, one indicator of the success of Sandia's partnerships with industry and the Sandia S&T park would be the private sector luring Sandia employees away.