Argonne National Laboratory officials visiting


Mississippi State University is hosting officials from one of the world’s leading research facilities this week.

During the visit on Monday and Tuesday, MSU faculty, staff, administrators and students will have opportunities to meet with Argonne National Laboratory leaders and researchers and explore partnership and funding possibilities, among other topics.

Local industry and government representatives are also invited to participate.

The visit is designed to:

-- Inform MSU researchers about Argonne’s resources, facilities and proposal process;

-- Develop and vet proposals with Argonne personnel; and,

-- Identify new and facilitate existing research collaborations between Argonne and MSU.

“Argonne has significant infrastructure and expertise in imaging, analysis and high performance computing to support diverse research efforts that coincide with the university’s research strategic plan and programs,” said Giselle Thibaudeau, director of MSU’s Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies and co-coordinator of the visit.

“These programs include materials science and engineering, energy, transportation and cybersecurity,” she said.

According to its website, “Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where ‘dream teams’ of world-class researchers work alongside experts from industry, academia and other government laboratories to address vital national challenges in clean energy, environment, technology and national security.”

In FY12, the lab’s annual budget was $794 million.

“Argonne leadership and we agree that both institutions benefit from engagement and collaborative research efforts,” said David Shaw, MSU’s vice president for research and economic development.

“I am very pleased that we have this excellent opportunity to further develop a relationship with a top-tier federal research lab,” he added.

More information is available at

Although not a public event, interested members of the media are invited to cover sessions. Please contact Lynn Taylor in the Office of Research and Economic Development at for additional information.

Jim Laird | University Relations

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