Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Since 1950, students and faculty of Texas A&M University and its branch campuses have benefited from membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), which 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 150 major PhD granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local, and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. 

ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As a DOE asset, part of the ORISE mission is dedicated to the education, collaboration, and cultivation of STEM workforce development by connecting students, graduates, faculty, and educators to programs closely aligned with the interests of a variety of research facilities. This work is done through the administration of a broad range of internships, fellowships, and research opportunities.

ORAU operates the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), a Department of Energy (DOE) asset that is dedicated to enabling critical scientific research and health initiatives of the department and its laboratory system by providing world-class expertise in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce development; scientific and technical reviews; and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination. ORISE collects, manages, and analyzes health data on current and former workers; conducts epidemiological studies and health surveillance; and provides technical assistance in the protection of human subjects. ORISE works closely with DOE to administer its Human Subjects Protection Program, which ensures the rights and protection of human research participants in all research funded by DOE, conducted at DOE institutions, or performed by DOE employees or their contractors. ORISE supports DOE Institutional Review Boards for oversight of research activities and in keeping the public informed on the types of research DOE commissions.

ORAU actively works with its member universities to connect their expertise with government and private sector organizations and to create meaningful partnerships for innovation in scientific research and education.

Through the university consortium and strategic partnerships, ORAU brings together university faculty and students to collaborate with ORAU experts on major scientific initiatives that strengthen America’s as a leader in science and technology.

For more information about ORAU and its programs, visit www.orau.org or contact:

Dr. Jack G. Baldauf

Vice President for Research

ORAU Councilor for Texas A&M University (979) 845-8585