University bids on INL contractBy Steve Koppes
The Idaho Laboratory Affiliates, which the University leads, submitted a bid to the U.S. Department of Energy for the management and operation contract for the proposed Idaho National Laboratory. The affiliates include Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc., Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc., and Nuclear Fuel Services Inc.
The University has operated Argonne National Laboratory-West since it was established near Idaho Falls as part of Argonne National Laboratory in 1949. The University’s contract to operate Argonne for the DOE expires in 2006, and will be open to competition.
The INL will combine the research and development components of the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory-West. The DOE expects INL to become the nation’s premier laboratory for nuclear energy research, development, demonstration and education within a decade.
Kellogg, Brown & Root delivers project management, engineering, construction, operations and maintenance, logistics, special project support, and integrated security services to a wide range of government clients worldwide.
Teledyne conducts research and development for future launch vehicles, microgravity science, international threat reduction of weapons of mass destruction, cyber security software, and space exploration.
Nuclear Fuel has been a supplier of advanced nuclear fuel for the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program for more than 30 years.
Dan Arvizu, a former senior vice president for a global engineering, construction and projects delivery company, is the Idaho Laboratory Affiliates’ candidate for the position of laboratory director.
Arvizu spent 21 years at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., where he directed Sandia Centers for Advanced Energy Technology, Materials and Process Sciences, and Technology Commercialization. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.