Has ORNL Outsmarted other National Labs?

In a recent interview with Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, Frank Munger asked him about other questions/allegations that are floating around about ORNL and the lab’s more successful programs.

ORNL_Aerial_Main_Campus-smIn a recent interview with Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, Frank Munger asked him about other questions/allegations that are floating around about ORNL and the lab’s more successful programs.

Mason made some intriguing comments about ORNL’s success, basically embracing suggestions that the Oak Ridge lab may have had an “unfair advantage” in dramatically growing its research programs over the past decade.

”If you look at the budget growth over the last several years, since 2000 . . . we’ve gone from being about $650 million a year in 2000 to this year (FY 2010) we’ll be close to $1.6 billion. That’s money we spent. So, almost a billion dollars in growth over 10 years. That is not typical within the DOE complex. That’s unusual. I mean, some labs have been going up and some have been going down and so forth, but I don’t think there have been too many that have gone up from $650 million to $1.6 billion. Thom Mason, speaking.

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Source: Frank Munger’s Blog | Knoxville News Sentinel
Photo: Oak Ridge National Laboratory