Of Virginia Among Consortium Selected To Manage Energy Department's
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oct. 22, 1999 -- The U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE) has awarded a five-year contract, valued at $2.5 billion,
to a consortium of universities, including the University of Virginia,
to manage its Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
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.
also will have representatives on the lab's science and technology
steering committee, will conduct technical reviews of the lab, and
will be able to set up joint professorships with the lab.
other universities with board seats 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 renewable energy.
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."
says U.Va.'s departments of Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science
and Engineering, Environmental Sciences and Computer Science all
will conduct research at Oak Ridge with other participating institutions.
Environmental Sciences is planning ground water contamination studies
with the lab; Computer Science will investigate advanced computing
development; and Physics, Chemistry, and Materials Science and Engineering
will run 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."
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. "These
are only the begininings of the opportunities that are possible
through this contract," he adds.
Ridge National Laboratory's mission is to conduct basic and applied
research and development in order to advance the nation's energy
resources, environmental quality, and scientific knowledge and to
contribute to educational foundations and national economic competitiveness.
Fariss Samarrai, (804) 924-3778