Mark Peters Named Laboratory Director at Idaho National Laboratory
Here at Argonne we are fortunate to employ some of the sharpest men and women in science and engineering. Every so often that means someone’s rising career trajectory will take them to new horizons, and they join the ranks of Argonne alumni making a difference elsewhere in the world.
So it is with Mark Peters, associate laboratory director (ALD) for Energy and Global Security (EGS), who has accepted the position of director of Idaho National Laboratory effective Oct. 1. While Mark will be sorely missed here at Argonne, this is a long-term positive move for us and the entire lab complex, where we will all benefit from Mark’s expertise and strong leadership capabilities. I congratulate him on his new position and the opportunities that lie ahead.
Mark has overseen the addition of many critical projects at the laboratory. We are particularly grateful for his instrumental role in making Argonne the home of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, a $120 million DOE project highly sought by many labs. Other new projects Mark helped secure include a $6.8 million agreement with the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute to develop the Prototype Generation-IV Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor and a recent $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration to help build more resilient mass transit systems to evacuate major cities.
Mark was instrumental in solidifying Argonne’s position as a Chicagoland innovation partner by helping establish collaborations with the Chicago Innovation Exchange, Clean Energy Trust, Chicago Innovation Mentors, World Business Chicago, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, and the Energy Foundry, where he serves on the Board of Directors. He also formed vital partnerships beyond our local region, such as our memorandum of understanding with Arizona State University that enables Argonne and ASU to pursue novel research in areas such as decision-making based on climate variability and uncertainty. Mark’s diligence in building consensus among our stakeholders, including DOE, the University of Chicago, and local research universities, has been invaluable as well.
Mark came to Argonne in 2004 from Los Alamos National Laboratory. During his tenure, Mark also served as deputy laboratory director for programs and deputy ALD for the former Energy Sciences and Engineering directorate. He was as an expert advisor to the DOE Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) and the AFCI National Campaign Director for Waste Forms and Used Fuel Disposition. Mark is called upon frequently to provide expert testimony to Congress and to advise in forming policies for nuclear fuel cycles, nonproliferation and nuclear waste disposal.
Earlier this year Mark was honored as a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, which commended him for his leadership in developing and implementing a new research and development agenda for the U.S. used nuclear fuel and high-level nuclear waste program.
I’m pleased to announce that I have asked Todd Combs, director of the Global Security Sciences (GSS) Division, to serve as interim ALD for EGS while a search is undertaken for a permanent replacement for that role. Todd leads the Department of Homeland Security team within Argonne’s National Security Program and manages the lab’s advanced grid modeling research program for the DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. Todd came to Argonne in 2012 from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and served as deputy director and then director of the former Decision and Information Sciences (DIS) Division before becoming GSS director.
Please join me in congratulating Mark in his new position and supporting Todd as he takes on an important new role.