part of consortium selected to manage DOE's Oak Ridge National
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a five-year contract,
valued at $2.5 billion, to a consortium of universities, including
U.Va., to manage its Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
The contract was awarded to the University of Tennessee-Battelle,
which is a team effort of UT and Battelle Memorial Institute of
Columbus, Ohio. The team includes Oak Ridge Associated Universities,
a consortium of 87 universities. U.Va. is one of six lead institutions
on the team that will have a seat on the UT-Battelle governing
board. U.Va. representatives will also serve on the lab's science
and technology steering committee, conduct technical reviews of
the lab and be able to set up joint professorships with the lab.
The other lead universities are Virginia Tech, Duke University,
Florida State University, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State
Ridge Laboratory is one of the nation's largest energy research
and development laboratories with 4,500 employees and an annual
budget of about $550 million. The lab focuses on national and
global energy and environmental issues. It is responsible for
major DOE programs in basic energy sciences, advanced scientific
computing research, nuclear physics, and energy efficiency and
a transition period, the UT-Battelle team will assume full management
and operation responsibility on April 1, 2000. The lead partners
will share a $7 million per year management fee. The contract
is renewable for another five-year period. Lockheed Martin Energy
Research Corp. has managed the lab for the past 15 years.
contract opens the door for more resources and better research
opportunities," says David J. Hudson, associate vice president
for research at U.Va. "We will establish new collaborations,
and strengthen current relationships with other institutions and
with the Department of Energy through this contract. There is
enormous potential for growth."
departments that will conduct research at Oak Ridge with other
participating institutions include: Environmental Sciences, studying
ground water contamination; Computer Science, developing advanced
computing processes; and Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science
and Engineering, running projects in new materials science.
our seat on the governing board and representation on the science
and technology steering committee, we will be able to help formulate
the research program at Oak Ridge for the coming years,"
Hudson says. "We will have access to terrific facilities,
such as the linear accelerator and the new spallation neutron
source, and this should help us in our recruiting efforts for
top faculty and graduate students."
new initiative at the lab, the Spallation Neutron Source, will
be a facility for conducting basic research in materials science,
solid state physics, engineering, chemistry and structural biology.
says the contract is likely to fund two to five new joint U.Va./Oak
Ridge faculty research positions. The faculty members would serve
part time in Charlottesville and part time at Oak Ridge.