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Ames Laboratory Excels in Scientific Performance

Laboratory scores a grade of A- in Science and Technology

Contacts:                                                             For Release:  Dec. 20, 2013
Tom Lograsso, Director, 515-294-2770
Steve Karsjen, Public Affairs, 515-294-5643

Ames, IA – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory continues to score high in scientific performance according to the just-released 2013 DOE Laboratory Performance Report Card.   Ames Lab received an A- for Mission Accomplishment (Quality and Productivity of R&D).  This grade reflects an ongoing commitment to quality science. 

In a message to employees, Ames Lab Interim Director Tom Lograsso commented on the significance of the A- in Mission Accomplishment. “Since performing leading-edge science is our focus, grading an A- in this area is the absolute best reflection of the strong commitment of our scientists and staff to exemplary science.  We had a fantastic year.†  

Another notable Ames Laboratory grade received in 2013 is an A- in Contractor Leadership/Stewardship.  â€œOur contractor received high marks from the DOE in areas such as strategic recruitment of faculty scientists and key leadership positions,†said Lograsso.  The Lab also received an A- in Facilities Maintenance and Infrastructure, which is the care of the Lab’s buildings.  It is important to note that a B+ rating “meets expectations in the DOE report card."  Ames Laboratory grades in all eight performance areas can be found at:  A copy of the Ames Laboratory’s 2013 PEMP can be found at:

Since FY 2006, a standardized Performance Evaluation and Measurement Plan, or PEMP, has been utilized as a means of appraising the scientific, technological, managerial, and operational performance of the contractors who manage and operate each of the 10 DOE Office of Science laboratories.  Assessments are against eight common performance goals. These evaluations provide the basis for determining annual contractor performance fees and the possibility of winning additional years on contracts through an “award term†extension.  A significant result of the Ames Laboratory’s high marks in scientific performance in 2013 will be the granting of a 12-month extension of the Iowa State University contract to operate the Ames Lab for the DOE.

“We are certainly pleased with the Ames Laboratory’s report card and the Department of Energy’s 12-month extension of Iowa State’s contract to operate the laboratory,†said ISU Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Warren Madden.  â€œThe Lab creates exciting collaborations and opportunities for our faculty and students. The New Critical Materials Institute is an important addition to the Lab’s programs. This report card makes it clear the Ames Laboratory is producing science and technology that can help meet the nation’s challenges of the 21st century."

In reflecting on the contribution of employees in helping the Ames Laboratory achieve its high performance marks in 2013, Interim Director Tom Lograsso said, "Congratulations to everyone at the Ames Laboratory and Iowa State who take our research mission so seriously.  Great job everyone."

The Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory operated by Iowa State University. The Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global problems.

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