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: 
https://www.pnnl.gov/news-media/pnnl-sandia-and-georgia-tech-join-forces-ai-effort

Published: October 26, 2020