Mission, Vision, and Values

Our Mission:

Deliver critical materials solutions to the nation

Ames Laboratory creates materials, inspires minds to solve problems, and addresses global challenges. We conduct fundamental and applied research that helps the world to better understand fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and materials science. We translate that knowledge into new and unique materials, processes, and technologies that advance the nation’s energy and economic competitiveness, and enhance national security.

Our Vision:

Lead the nation in translating foundational science for energy and chemical conversion into critical technology innovation

Our Strategic Directions: 

Discovery for a Sustainable Future

Making Every Atom Count

Innovating for Science and Industry

Our Core Values:

We imagine. We innovate. We discover. We pursue excellence through imaginative and innovative
thinking to explore unique ideas.

We share knowledge. We foster relationships. We work together. We are successful when we
communicate clearly, share our expertise, mentor others, andaddress challenges as a team.

We care. We’re respectful. Everyone belongs.
We execute our mission by fostering an environment of openness, growth, and trust.
We value our different backgrounds and achieve more by uniting our world views, experiences, and
areas of expertise. We believe that each person belongs fully, as an equal.