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Bernstein Joins ORAU Board of Directors

University of Maryland VP of research brings strong collaborative experience

April 14, 2009

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) announced the addition of Dr. Melvin Bernstein to its Board of Directors during its 64th Annual Meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership.

Mel Bernstein

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Bernstein currently serves as vice president for research at the University of Maryland, College Park. In that position, Bernstein is responsible for sustaining strong growth in the university’s research programs which, in the most recent fiscal year, resulted in more than $400 million in research awards. He is responsible for representing the university to national and international research agencies, government and industry, and for providing an interface between University deans and those agencies and individuals. He also represents the school on the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions.

“I am very excited to take on a more active role with ORAU,” said Bernstein. “University of Maryland faculty and students have benefited greatly in the past from ORAU’s many programs and I hope to play a role in strengthening future opportunities for all the member Universities.”

During previous appointments, Bernstein served as acting director of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Research and Development, Science and Technology Directorate, and was also responsible for developing joint programs with other key science-based federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the DOE Office of Science, the Department of Defense, and the National Institutes of Health. From 2003 to 2006, he served as the founding director of University Programs in the DHS Science and Technology Directorate and established a growing and integrated network of merit-based national centers to bring the best academic talent from engineering, the physical, natural, and social sciences, and the humanities to work in areas critical to homeland security.

During other university positions, Bernstein was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Brandeis University; vice president for Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, and professor of mechanical engineering and physics at Tufts University; chancellor and senior vice president at Illinois Institute of Technology; and professor and head, Department of Metallurgic Engineering and Materials Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Bernstein has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific and technical papers, co-edited four books and has written numerous articles on K-16 education issues and the role of universities in homeland security.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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