Joint ME/NRE Seminar


Nuclear Energy & Our Clean & Secure Energy Future


Dr. Mark Peters


Executive Vice President for National Laboratory Management and Operations at Battelle Memorial Institute


Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 11:00:00 AM   


GTMI Building, Room Auditorium


Farzad Rahnema


The presentation will provide an overview of the history and mission of Battelle and our role in the national laboratories. This will be followed by an overview of the Department of Energy national laboratories and their role in science, technology, and innovation for the nation. The balance of the presentation will discuss the importance of nuclear energy to our current and future energy system and the importance of universities and national laboratories to ensuring that future.


Mark Peters is the Executive Vice President for National Laboratory Management and Operations at Battelle Memorial Institute with responsibilities for governance and oversight of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant lab management role. Previously, he was the director of Idaho National Laboratory and president of Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC. He was responsible for management and integration of a large, multipurpose laboratory whose mission focuses on nuclear energy, national and homeland security, and energy and environmental science and technology. He managed this national laboratory of approximately 5,000 staff in multiple nuclear and nonnuclear experimental facilities, with an annual budget of over $1.4 billion. He served two years as chairman of the National Laboratory Directors’ Council, an independent body that coordinates initiatives and advises the DOE and other national laboratory stakeholders. Prior to joining Battelle, he served as the associate laboratory director for Energy and Global Security at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Peters serves as a senior adviser on nuclear energy technologies, research and development programs, and nuclear waste policy. As an expert in nuclear fuel cycle technologies and nuclear waste management, he is called upon to provide expert testimony to Congress and to advise in formulation of policies for nuclear fuel cycles, nonproliferation, and nuclear waste disposal. Dr. Peters also serves on several boards and advisory committees, including the Idaho Power Board from 2021 to present. He received his doctorate in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in geology from Auburn University. He has received extensive management and leadership education and training, including completion of the Strategic Laboratory Leadership Program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Refreshments will be served.