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ORAU History - 2015

In 2015, ORAU’s annual revenue also topped $393M—the highest in the organization’s 70-year history. In addition, our management of the ORISE and NIOSH contracts received top performance scores.

ORAU also won an $89M contract to manage the EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program and another contract totaling $23M to continue managing nationwide worker health screenings for DOE.

Our health education specialists trained more than 500 medical professionals to support the CDC Ebola response effort in West Africa. Our national security experts conducted seven emergency preparedness exercises involving more than 10,000 participants.

Science Education

In FY15, ORAU continued to grown its robust STEM learning enrichment and workforce development programs through DOE’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and through ORAU’s Center for Science Education. These opportunities included research participation experiences and professional development programs as well as workshops, academies and competitions. These programs and activities are focused on advancing U.S. competency in STEM fields to strengthen our country’s scientific and technical workforce and enhance global competitiveness.

FY15 Participants by Academic Status

  • Undergraduate Students - 1,340
  • Graduate Students - 1,077
  • Recent Graduates - 2,589
  • Postdoctoral Fellows - 1,852
  • University Faculty - 244
  • Other Scientists - 458
  • K-12 Students - 1,268
  • K-12 Teachers - 573
  • Total - 9,401

Peer Review

ORAU-led peer reviews have also helped facilitate more than $62M in funding opportunities specifically for the DOE-SC Early Career Research Program. Additionally, ORAU peer review has supported the allocation of more than 5.8 billion processor hours at ORNL and Argonne National Laboratory through the DOE Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) Program. More broadly, for five separate DOESC program offices in FY15, ORAU peer review specialists supported dozens of other reviews totaling more than $276M in potential federal funding awards.

Worker Health

In 2015, ORAU marked 10 years managing DOE’s National Supplemental Screening Program, which provides free medical screenings for former energy workers who may have been exposed to hazardous substances at work. Utilizing a network of more than 2,100 nationwide clinics, the DOE program provides medical screenings close to home for workers. In the past 10 years, nearly 15,000 participants have completed their initial exams, with 99% expressing satisfaction with the program.

Environmental Assessments

In FY15, ORAU continued to provide environmental assessment services to DOE for thousands of acres and square footage that resulted in approximately 1,650 soil and water samples to be processed. In one project through its contract to manage ORISE, ORAU performed independent verification of the Southern 600 Area of DOE’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash. The Hanford site has restricted public access and continues to provide a safety and security buffer zone for smaller industrialized areas on the site that were historically used for production of nuclear materials and waste storage and disposal. The investigation totaled 3,100 acres and involved random soil samples collected in Washington State and analyzed in Oak Ridge, Tenn., at the ORISE Radiological and Environmental Analytical Laboratory. Results indicated that the Southern 600 Area satisfies regulatory requirements for release.

National Security

ORAU experts, through ORISE, served as lead planners for DOE’s participation in Southern Exposure 2015, a full-scale, nuclear power plant accident response exercise involving more than 1,000 participants at the local, regional and federal levels. Support included facilitating interagency planning efforts—identifying incident management and multiagency coordination challenges—and helping develop the technical scenario and simulation components for the exercise.