New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Sandia/UNM CARC Tour, March 5, 2012


Sandia National Labs and UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing will host a tour day for participants in the Supercomputing Challenge on Monday March 5, 2012. Students are eligible to come to the tour day if their team has submitted an interim report and participated in the project evaluations. Participants of the Sandia tour MUST be US citizens.

Teams from Artesia High, Aspen Elementary, Desert Academy, Freedom High, Los Alamos High School, New Mexico School for the Arts, Santa Fe High and Taos High toured Sandia National Laboratories.

Meeting Place

Those going on the Sandia Tour will meet at the Holiday Inn Express in Albuquerque located on Hotel Avenue. Hotel Avenue is just south of Lomas (between Lomas and I-40) and East of Eubank. The address is: 10330 Hotel Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123-1256. The phone number is 505-275-8900.

Meeting Time

Meeting time is at 7:30 am and should be back at the hotel around 4:00 pm.

Sandia Schedule

7:30-8:00 Badging at Hotel
8:00-8:30 Travel from Hotel to Sandia Labs
8:30-10:00 Z High Bay tour/Z simulation videos with Christina Acosta
10:10-12:30 Bldg 810 C109 Tour with Molly Glen/Bldg 880 Computing Annex, Computer Museum with Sophia Corwell
12:30-1:15 Lunch-Building 880/X10
1:15-1:30 Bus to RVR
1:30-2:45 Robotics tours with Dennis Wilder, Gracie Shepherd
2:45-3:00 Bus to CINT
3:00-4:00 CINT Nanotechnologies tour with Neal Shinn, Lupita Serna
4:00 Return to Bus
4:15 Return to Holiday Inn Express

Sign up details

The Sandia Tour is limited to US citizens. Registration will be on a first come first served basis. There is financial support available for lodging for those schools traveling long distances (so they can spend the night on Sunday). We will meet off-base and be bused on base. We will meet at 7:30 AM at the hotel. Read over the details for visiting Sandia at:

Lunch will be provided.

The following information is needed for every participant for the Sandia Tour:

Date of Birth
City and State of Birth
School Name
School Address
Team Number

A Social Security Number is necessary to get visitor badges for access to Sandia National Labs Technical Areas; however, the Challenge will provide your Social Security Number. If you did not provide your Social Security Number to the Challenge during registration, you will need to make arrangements to get that information to us.

It is ESSENTIAL that all participants wishing to go on the tour bring a photo ID to be admitted to Kirtland Air Force base and be badged by Sandia National Labs.

Please only make a reservation if you will be able to attend as space is limited. Please make your reservation by Friday, February 17, 2012 to allow enough time for processing information at Sandia's badge office. Email the registration information to sandiatour12 at challenge dot nm dot org.

The tour of UNM is open to anyone and there isn't a size limit. If you would prefer the UNM tour over the Sandia tour, email consult challenge dot nm dot org with the students' and teachers' names and school. Let Consult know if housing is required.

UNM Tours: Computing Research at UNM, Monday, March 5, 2012



UNM tour highlights include the ARTS Lab which supports media, film, science visualizations and game technology; Electrical and Computer Engineering Department; Computer Science; and the Center for Advanced Research Computing which is a center for high performance computing.

Meeting Place

Those going on the UNM Tour will meet at UNM-CARC, at 1601 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

Meeting Time

Meeting time is at 9:00 am and should be finished around 2:45 pm.

UNM Schedule

9:00 Arrive at CARC
9:00 Alex Machenan, UNM Admissions, Challenge Alumni, Why UNM? 9:15 Tour of ARTS Lab with Hue.
10:00 Tour CARC and Machine Room
10:00 Meet the Scientist with JP
11:30 Walk to Centennial for Lunch
11:45 Lunch in Centennial Engineering Center with the Computer Science Department Faculty.
12:45 Meet Katherine Love for Engineering Student Services programs tour
2:00 Visit Lobo Motorsports Formula SAE race car (Professor John Russell)
2:45 Departure

For questions about the Supercomputing Challenge, a 501(c)3 organization, contact us at: consult @