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Associated Universities Inc. (AUI)

At AUI we collaborate with the scientific community to plan, build, and operate cutting-edge facilities. We cultivate excellence, deliver value, enhance education, and engage the public. Our expertise focuses on continually improving research and development, user facilities, management and operations, technology incubation, and community engagement through workshop and conference planning. AUI was created in the public interest as a non-profit organization to establish and manage one of the first Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), Brookhaven National Laboratory. We pioneered the user facility model allowing the research community to tackle science projects at a scale that no single institution could afford individually. User facilities are the backbone of today’s national lab system, providing access to cutting edge facilities to enable new technologies that push the boundaries of science. We continue to be the trusted manager of the US radio astronomy assets for over 70 years. We lead an international coalition to develop, build, and operate the groundbreaking ALMA observatory. And we are continually expanding our focus to address national challenges such as cybersecurity with our incubator AUI Labs.

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At AUI we collaborate with the scientific community to plan, build, and operate cutting-edge facilities.

We cultivate excellence, deliver value, enhance education, and engage the public. Our expertise focuses on continually improving research and development, user facilities, management and operations, technology incubation, and community engagement through workshop and conferences.

AUI was created in the public interest as a non-profit organization to establish and manage one of the first Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, Brookhaven National Laboratory. We pioneered the user facility model allowing the research community to tackle science projects at a scale that no single institution could afford individually.

We continue to be the trusted manager of the US radio astronomy for over 70 years. We lead an international coalition to develop, build, and operate the groundbreaking ALMA observatory. And we are continually expanding our focus to address national challenges such as cybersecurity with our incubator AUI Labs



AUI Overview.

Driven by Impact. We transform ideas into technologies, laboratories, and policies that initiate, inform, and inspire. For over seven decades, AUI has developed specialized expertise in science, engineering, technology, and cyber security to enable greater impact. Uniquely positioned, we combine exceptional operations management with collaborative community engagement drive innovation and affect lasting change within organizations.

CDL Overview.

The CDL’s mission is accomplished through development of the enabling technologies. These technologies include low noise amplifiers, millimeter and sub-millimeter detectors, optics and electromagnetic components (feeds and phased arrays), digital signal processing, and new receiver architectures. CDL staff have developed and produced these critical components and subsystems not only for NRAO’s telescopes, but also for the worldwide astronomical community for ground and space-based instruments.

Green Bank Observatory Overview.

The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Observatory (GBO), located in Green Bank, West Virginia, is home to the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope. The telescope’s 2.3 acre collecting area has many novel features, including an unblocked aperture, an active surface, and state of the art receivers. Location within the 13,000 square mile National Radio Quiet Zone protects Green Bank from harmful radio interference. These features enable extreme sensitivity to faint radio signals over a large range of frequencies advancing our knowledge of astronomy, astro-chemistry, fundamental physics, and cosmology.

The future of AUI.

Vision through Collaboration AUI gives you the time to focus on your research mission. We have facilitated the vision, design, construction and operation of massive scientific endeavors. Our seamless administration has provided practical help to scientists from the conception of their ideas, to their search for suitable sites, partners and programs, through discovery and the realization of their vision. AUI specializes in engaging with, and supporting, the broader scientific community to foster collaboration among stakeholders. Together, we convert our researchers’ and sponsors’ scientific goals into reality.

AUI - A visual timeline.

A Strong History of Managed Services Since 1946, AUI has successfully synthesized institutional innovation and concerted governance at its managed facilities, delivering outstanding research program management across multiple sites and many time zones. Always agile and adaptive, AUI now offers its renowned administrative services to a global community of researchers. Leaders place their trust in AUI to provide validated, practical, administrative solutions and help them meet their organizations’ challenges, while accelerating and strengthening their institutions’ process of scientific discovery.


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