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State's nanotech efforts lauded nationally

By Jim Stafford Published: December 13, 2006
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Oklahoma's coordinated efforts to build nanotechnology research and business in the state won praise Tuesday from an official with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Alan Liby, manager of economic development for the Oak Ridge laboratory, spoke at a nanotechnology conference at the Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park, hosted by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

Managed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Oak Ridge laboratory has recently opened the Center for Nanotechnology Material Sciences and has 88 active projects, four of which have Oklahoma ties, Liby said.

"I am completely impressed with the level of organization in technology-based economic development that is ongoing in the state of Oklahoma,” Liby said after hearing presentations from representatives at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa University and OSU-Okmulgee.

"You are right at the top of the game,” he said. "The universities are carrying on a level of collaboration that is also unusual and really necessary.”

Liby said part of the mission on his trip to Oklahoma was to woo state researchers to use the Oak Ridge facilities for their projects.

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Alan Liby
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Managed by the Department of Energy, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is located in Oak Ridge, Tenn. It is the nation's largest "unclassified” scientific computing laboratory.

No. of employees: 4,100

Annual budget: $1.1 billion

No. of guest researchers: 3,000 annually

Source: Alan Liby, manager of economic development for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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