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Georgetown University enters into partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to focus on cybersecurity; biosecurity; nonproliferation; and global climate, energy and environmental security issues

Left, Spiros Dimolitsas, Georgetown’s senior vice president and former LLNL Engineering associate director, and LLNL Acting Science and Technology Principal Associate Director Tomás Díaz de la Rubia sign a memorandum of understanding for collaborative work.

Left, Spiros Dimolitsas, Georgetown’s senior vice president and former LLNL Engineering associate director, and LLNL Acting Science and Technology Principal Associate Director Tomás Díaz de la Rubia sign a memorandum of understanding for collaborative work.

Exciting news reported on the Georgetown University website:

Georgetown University and the Lawrence Livermore National Lab have formed a partnership to focus on the areas of cybersecurity; biosecurity; nonproliferation; and global climate, energy and environmental security issues.

This collaborative effort will help explore different policy options that could accelerate the introduction of technology aimed at solving critical global programs.

Spiros Dimolitsas, senior vice president for Georgetown worked with the lab’s acting science and technology principal associate director, Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, to create the partnership.

“With this partnership Georgetown is able to merge its expertise in policy, law and international affairs with Livermore’s extensive experience in physical science and engineering,” said Dimolitsas, who served as the engineering senior executive for the Livermore labs before joining Georgetown. “The university is in a unique position to offer an unparalleled public policy context to Livermore’s programs and, through this, see that technical solutions are provided under different policy frameworks or constraints.”

Conversely, the Livermore lab is in a position to provide a deep scientific context to Georgetown’s scholarly work, in addition to providing access to some of the world’s leading facilities, high performance computers and its environmental test facilities.

Officials from Georgetown traveled to the lab’s headquarters in Livermore, Calif., to present the agreement, signed by Provost James O’Donnell on Dec. 3 and to begin plans for future projects. “I am excited that this partnership provides new avenues to build upon Georgetown’s existing strengths in ways that deepen our reach in science and technology,” said O’Donnell.

This is excellent. I know that specific efforts are underway to draw upon the resources of Georgetown in the area of international law to support this collaboration. Much thanks to Spiros Dimolitsas for his leadership on this partnership!

(Pnoto: Jacqueline McBride/NEWSLINE, LLNL)

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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