A NEW AGREEMENT BETWEEN Georgetown and the prestigious Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is enhancing a partnership that is likely to benefit research in Big Data, biosecurity, climate change, disaster management and other areas.
The partnership began in 2009, spearheaded by Spiros Dimolitsas, the university’s senior vice president for research and chief technology officer at Georgetown who served as LLNL’s associate director for engineering between 1995 and 2001.
Georgetown and LLNL jointly launched a new Executive Master’s of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management at the School of Continuing Studies in the fall of 2013 and have collaborated on a host of other projects.
“This is a very important next step in deepening the extraordinary partnership we’ve enjoyed with Livermore over the past five years,” Georgetown President John J. DeGioia says of the new agreement he signed Friday with LLNL director Bill Goldstein. “It will allow us to strategically collaborate on research projects and programs designed to benefit our local, national and global communities.”
Provost Robert Groves says the new agreement provides a host of additional possibilities.
“Together we intend to seek new funding opportunities, and to establish and expand research and educational programs,” Groves says. “We also hope to create interdisciplinary research activity, exchange faculty, students and research staff, create scholarly products and host events for the purpose of advancing scientific and scholarly endeavors.
MEETING THE CHALLENGES
“This agreement advances and broadens the areas for cooperation between our two institutions,” says LLNL Director Bill Goldstein. “It helps bring together the policy, governmental and biomedical strengths of Georgetown with the science, computational and engineering strengths of Lawrence Livermore, to better meet the great challenges our nation faces in global security, health and education.”
The McCourt School of Public Policy will get involved in the partnership through its Massive Data Institute, which will benefit from the collaboration of LLNL’s high-performance computing capabilities with the school’s eminent public policy scholars.
The emergency management program isn’t the only product of the five-year partnership.
The university’s Master of Science in Biotechnology at Georgetown University Medical Center sends its students to participate in LLNL's Summer Internship Program annually. LLNL scientists also teach a course to GUMC graduate students via a distance learning platform.
“Our collaboration with Lawrence Livermore is limited only by our imaginations,” Dimolitsas says. “The partnership will allow us to accomplish things that neither of us could do alone.”