SDL opens satellite office in Albuquerque, New Mexico

By Karen Wolfe
Utah State University/Space Dynamics Laboratory
January 25, 2008

North Logan — The Space Dynamics Laboratory, a not-for-profit research corporation owned by Utah State University, announces the opening of its satellite office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The lab, also known as SDL, designs and develops infrared and visible sensor systems and is recognized as a world leader in the characterization and calibration of electro-optical instrumentation. SDL has over five decades of experience in developing innovative solutions for complex science and military sensing needs.

“The purpose of our Albuquerque office is to establish a dedicated presence to support our existing customers while pursuing new business opportunities within our core technologies,” explains Dixon Nielson, SDL’s business development manager for Albuquerque operations.

SDL also announces the appointment of John Santacroce as manager of Albuquerque operations. Santacroce, who has lived in Albuquerque for the last eight years, joined SDL in April, 2007. SDL supports several organizations in the Albuquerque area including the Air Force Research Laboratory.

As a recognized leader in sensor calibration, SDL hosts the annual Conference on Characterization and Radiometric Calibration for Remote Sensing, which is in its sixteenth year. The conference is held on the Utah State University campus and draws international attendance from the calibration community. SDL is also a major sponsor of the annual Small Satellite conference.

SDL has recently hired a systems engineer for its Albuquerque operations, and anticipates the possibility of hiring several additional technical and administrative support personnel in the future.

SDL has a long history of hiring Utah State University students who gain valuable professional experience while earning their degrees. SDL and Santacroce have already hired one mechanical engineering undergraduate from the University of New Mexico and are hoping to hire several more.