Battelle Memorial Institute

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Battelle Memorial Institute
Type Private Nonprofit Charitable Trust
Industry Business Services
Founded Columbus, Ohio (1929)
Headquarters Columbus, Ohio
Key people Jeffrey Wadsworth, President and CEO
Products Technical & Scientific Research Services
Revenue $6.2 billion USD[1]
Employees 22,000
Website http://www.battelle.org
Headquarters in Columbus

Battelle Memorial Institute is a private nonprofit applied science and technology development company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Battelle is a charitable trust organized as a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Ohio and is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code because it is organized for charitable, scientific and education purposes. The institute opened in 1929 but traces its origins to the 1923 will of Ohio industrialist Gordon Battelle which provided for its creation. Originally focusing on contract research and development work in the areas of metals and material science, Battelle is now an international science and technology enterprise that explores emerging areas of science, develops and commercializes technology, and manages laboratories for customers.

Business[edit]

Battelle serves the following:

  • STEM Education - Education Innovation, Standards of Excellence, STEM Learning Networks, Workforce Development

In addition to its Columbus (Ohio) headquarters, Battelle has offices in Aberdeen (Maryland), West Jefferson (Ohio), Dublin (Ohio), Sequim (Washington), Arlington (Virginia), Duxbury (Massachusetts), Charlottesville (Virginia), Houston (Texas), Anchorage (Alaska) and Egg Harbor Township (New Jersey).[2]

National laboratory management[edit]

In addition to operating its own research facilities, as of 2013, Battelle manages or co-manages on behalf of the United States Department of Energy the following national laboratories:

Additionally, on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security:

With the United Kingdom's Department of Energy and Climate Change:

Technological and medical advances[edit]

View of Columbus facilities from King Ave.

In the 1940s, Battelle's Vice-President of Engineering, John Crout made it possible for Battelle researchers, including William Bixby and Paul Andrus, to develop Chester Carlson's concept of dry copying. Carlson had been turned down for funding by more than a dozen agencies including the U.S. Navy. Work led to the first commercial xerographic equipment, and to the formation of Xerox corporation.

Battelle also developed the first nuclear fuel rods for nuclear reactors, numerous advances in metallurgy that helped advance the United States space program, algorithms and coatings that led to the first optical digital recorder developed by James Russell, which paved the way for the first compact disc, and the first generation jet engines using titanium alloys.[3]

Other advances included the armor plating for tanks in World War II; Snopake, the first correction fluid, developed in 1955; the fuel for the first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571); development of the Universal Product Code in 1965; cruise control for automobiles in 1970; and the first all-sputtered photovolatic cell for solar energy in 1974. In 1987, PIRI, a fiber optics venture with Mitsubishi and NTT, was launched, which resulted in a $1.8 billion market. A fun note, in conjunction with Kevin M. Amula, Battelle Geneva developed "No-melt" chocolate in 1988.

Battelle has made numerous medical advances, including a 1972 breakthrough development of special tubing to prevent blood clots during surgical procedures,[4] and more recently, the development of reusable insulin injection pen, including dose memory, with Eli Lilly and Co..

Battelle provides funds for a public policy research center at The Ohio State University to focus on scholarly questions associated with science and technology policy. The Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy began official operation in July 2011.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Annual Financial Statement". Battelle Memorial Institute. Archived from the original on 19 November 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Battelle.org
  3. ^ Battelle Memorial Institute Firsts Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  4. ^ St. Louis Commerce Magazine, "A Tale of Four Cities" Retrieved 26 July 2009.

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