The University of Tennessee and Battelle, one of the world's largest
private independent research and development organizations, will announce
plans Wednesday to bid jointly for the Department of Energy contract to
manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The announcement is set for 10:30 a.m. at Technology 2020 on Commerce Park
Drive in Oak Ridge.
The UT-Battelle team will be supported by Oak Ridge Associated
Universities, a consortium of prominent research universities. ORAU's lead
academic institutions in the project are Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina
State and Virginia Tech. Additional lead institutions and subcontractors
may be announced in the near future.
Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist said the UT-Battelle initiative has his full
support. "I applaud this joint venture between UT and Batelle and am
excited about the prospects," Sundquist said. "The benefits to Tennessee
are enormous, and I will do whatever I can to ensure success."
"ORNL is one of the nation's foremost scientific research centers and a
great asset to this region," said UT President Joe Johnson. "The
combination of Battelle, one of the world's leading research and
development organizations, with the University of Tennessee and outstanding
academic partners will provide a very strong team to manage the
UT has made a priority of expanding collaborative research activities with
ORNL during the 1990s, Johnson said. In 1998, Gov. Sundquist recommended
and the Tennessee General Assembly appropriated $8 million to construct the
Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences, a project designed for UT and ORNL to
conduct research associated with the $1.3 billion Spallation Neutron Source
in Oak Ridge.
UT interested in joint control of Oak Ridge Lab
Published: Wed Jan 20, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:49 p.m.