COLUMBUS, OH -- (Marketwire) -- 05/05/11 -- Battelle's commitment to national security is predicated on the directive of its founder, Gordon Battelle, to 'use science to help mankind,' a touchstone of the last will and testament he wrote before his death in the early 1920s. Today, the world's largest independent research and development organization has a commitment to improving the interchange of ideas between America's government and the defense industry. Evidence can be seen in Battelle's involvement at the National Defense Industry Association's (NDIA) Environment, Energy Security & Sustainability (E2S2) Symposium and Exhibition in New Orleans May 9-12 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
The convention will bring government, academia, and military stakeholders together with defense industry suppliers to discuss mutually beneficial solutions to the environmental, energy, and sustainability challenges facing the country.
Mike Aimone, an energy expert who now works for Battelle as its National Security Global Business (NSGB) Vice President of Strategy Development after a 40-year career in the Air Force, will be a session chair for the environmental meetings. In addition, Aimone will introduce two of the keynote speakers, Dr. Kevin T. Geiss, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, and Karen A. Harbert, President & CEO of the Institute for 21st Century Energy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Last year at the same conference, Battelle President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth was one of the keynote speakers.
Battelle's NSGB President, Steve Kelly, serves on the NDIA's board of directors. 'We are proud to support this timely NDIA symposium. A robust and ongoing dialog between government, academia, and industry is crucial to advancing solutions to the nation's energy and environment, and our staff members both contribute to learn from exchanges with their peers,' Kelly said.
Battelle scientists are presenting papers at the event illustrating their expertise in supporting the defense industry in environmentally responsible ways.
- In the acquisitions and technology track, John Stropki will contribute 'Solvent Replacement for Super Corr-A Corrosion Preventive Compound (CPC),' which is based on laboratory and field tests performed by Battelle to find a more environmentally friendly alternative to the current lubricant that cleans the surfaces of electronics and subsurfaces and retards corrosion in Air Force aircraft.
- Stropki also will present 'Characterization and Prevention of Microbial Influenced Corrosion (MIC) in Aft Cockpit of F-16 Aircraft.' This provides data to characterize the problem and suggests a technology implementation guide to define a solution.
- In the alternative fuel and power segment, Kelley Hand's paper is entitled the 'Study of the Feasibility of a Coal-to-Liquids Plant in Interior Alaska.' Battelle performed a two-phase study on the feasibility and operational impacts of locating a 40,000 barrel-per-day coal-to-liquid plant on Eielson Air Force Base in the interior of Alaska. It also assessed what could be done in terms of engineering solutions to mitigate the impacts of building and operating that plant.
- Concerning range sustainment, 'Active Range Restoration Via Caustic Hydrolysis of Explosively Contaminated Metal Parts' will be presented by Martin Hopkins. This was a project done by Battelle to decontaminate scrap metal from artillery ranges that are contaminated with explosive residues.
- In the sustainable remediation track, Brian Yates will present 'Decision Tool for Prediction of Alternative Remedial Technologies: Arsenic Removal from Drinking Water Sources.' Together with the U.S. Navy and Army Corps of Engineers, Battelle has developed SiteWise, which determines quantitative and qualitative metrics to evaluate the environmental footprint of remedial action.
As the world's largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world's most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.5 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories which Battelle manages or co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a nuclear energy lab in the United Kingdom.
Battelle also is one of the nation's leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.