|July 31, 2006||
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University of Chicago's new team to manage Argonne National Laboratory
University to lead industrial partners to enhance scientific value, operational vitality of Laboratory
The Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that a new team assembled by the University of Chicago has been selected to manage Argonne National Laboratory, one of the DOE’s major multi-program national laboratories known for its world-class innovations in energy, science, technology, biomedicine and national security.
The University of Chicago, through UChicago Argonne, LLC, has established partnerships with Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. and BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) to manage the lab. The University of Chicago is the sole member of the LLC. Northwestern University and the University of Illinois will also be involved in the lab’s management through membership on the Argonne National Laboratory Board of Governors. This new team is designed to combine strong scientific leadership with best management practices to support innovation and discovery at Argonne that serves the national interest.
“We are very pleased to lead this strong team in managing Argonne for the Department of Energy,” said Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago. “Argonne’s unique facilities and scientific and engineering expertise are vital resources for the development of science and technology and enhancing the energy, economic and national security of the nation.”
Argonne National Laboratory is one of the nation’s leading federally funded research and development centers, employing approximately 2,900 employees, including about 1,000 scientists and engineers, of whom about 600 hold doctoral degrees. In addition, Argonne’s annual operating budget of about $475 million supports upwards of 200 research projects.
“The University’s open-minded approach and strong intellectual traditions have fostered an effective and symbiotic relationship that will continue to produce future scientific and engineering dividends,” said Robert Rosner, president of UChicago Argonne, LLC and director of Argonne National Laboratory. “This new team combines individual strengths to forge a unique and powerful partnership on behalf of the DOE and the nation.”
One of Argonne’s important missions is the design, construction and operation of major national user facilities — large, unique facilities used for cutting-edge research by the scientific community. Researchers on site collaborate with scientists and engineers from universities, research laboratories, and corporations from across the nation and beyond. The scientific and technical capabilities of Argonne are supplemented not only by important scientific collaborations with the University, but also through collaborations with the economics, social science and public policy programs of the University, thereby bringing multiple perspectives to science, energy and national security issues.
“Working with the DOE, we are bringing together world-class talent to tackle the most pressing problems facing our nation,” said Thomas F. Rosenbaum, CEO of UChicago Argonne, LLC and vice president for Research and Argonne National Laboratory at the University of Chicago. “Our team has responded to the competition by integrating skills from different disciplines — academic and industrial — to set ambitious best-in-class goals and achieve them safely and efficiently.”
The University of Chicago’s new partnership with Jacobs Engineering and BWXT strengthens the University’s leadership by bringing outstanding resources to lab management. Jacobs Engineering is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional and construction services globally. BWXT is one of the nation’s premier managers of laboratory operations and high-consequence facilities with unparalleled experience within the DOE.
About UChicago Argonne, LLC — The University of Chicago is the sole member of UChicago Argonne, LLC, the entity created by the University to be solely responsible for the management of the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. The University of Chicago has managed Argonne since 1946, and beginning October 1, 2006 it will be operated by the LLC together with team members Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. and BWX Technologies, Inc. UChicago Argonne, LLC will manage the Laboratory through its Board of Governors, which consists of two dozen leaders in science and technology from industry and universities including the presidents of the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. The Board's Science Policy Council, which provides strategic and scientific advice, consists of the vice presidents for research of the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, the vice chancellors for research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the director and the chief scientist of Argonne. The new UChicago Argonne, LLC team is designed to combine the finest scientific leadership with best management practices to support innovation and discovery at Argonne that serves the national interest.
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