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University Enters Tech Partnership With Leading Lab

December 16, 2009 – Georgetown and the Lawrence Livermore National Lab have formed a partnership to explore policy options aimed at accelerating the introduction of technology responsible for solving critical global security programs.

The collaborative effort will focus on the areas of cybersecurity; biosecurity; nonproliferation; global climate, energy and environmental security issues.

“With this partnership Georgetown is able to merge its expertise in policy, law and international affairs with Livermore’s extensive experience in physical science and engineering,” said Spiros Dimolitsas, senior vice president for Georgetown.

Dimolitsas, who served as the engineering senior executive for the Livermore lab before joining Georgetown, worked with Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, the Livermore lab’s acting science and technology principal associate director, to create the security and technology collaboration.

The Livermore lab is in a position to provide a deep scientific context to Georgetown’s scholarly work, in addition to providing access to some of the world’s leading facilities, high-performance computers and its environmental test facilities, Dimolitsas, said.

Officials from Georgetown traveled to the lab’s headquarters in Livermore, Calif., to present the agreement, signed by Provost James O’Donnell on Dec. 3 and to begin plans for future projects.

“I am excited that this partnership provides new avenues to build upon Georgetown’s existing strengths in ways that deepen our reach in science and technology,” said O’Donnell.

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