October 26, 2020
News Release

PNNL and Georgia Tech Strengthen Research Ties

Two powerhouse research institutions aim to tackle complex research projects cooperatively

View of the Georgia Tech campus in midtown Atlanta, Georgia.

The Georgia Tech campus looking east toward the midtown skyline.

Image courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology

RICHLAND, Wash.—A longstanding research partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the Georgia Institute of Technology got a boost from a formal agreement to work together long-term.

Friday's signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions leverages an existing relationship that has been growing informally for more than a decade.

Leaders from the two institutions pledged to continue working together and to expand research collaborations on areas of mutual interest and complementary strengths.

These include:

“I believe passionately that a successful partnership requires a few key ingredients which are present in this case,” said Tony Peurrung, PNNL’s deputy director for science and technology in a statement at the signing ceremony. “One is what I call cultural alignment and compatibility. Georgia Tech and PNNL are similar in ways that matter. We’re focused on mission impact first and foremost. We have a very high diversity of programs. We do a lot of different things and we blend those together successfully.”

The other two ingredients, as described by Peurrung, are mutual respect and a win-win purpose. “The partnership has to clearly benefit both sides, and I believe we have that here,” Peurrung added.

Learn more about existing research collaborations between PNNL and Georgia Tech: 


About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory draws on its distinguishing strengths in chemistry, Earth sciences, biology and data science to advance scientific knowledge and address challenges in sustainable energy and national security. Founded in 1965, PNNL is operated by Battelle for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. DOE’s Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit https://energy.gov/science. For more information on PNNL, visit PNNL's News Center. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Published: October 26, 2020