Joint appointment program with Argonne to advance mutual research pursuits

Aerial image of Argonne National Laboratory.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The first Purdue University faculty member has been chosen to participate in the university’s new Joint Appointment Program with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.

Guang Lin, professor of mathematics and mechanical engineering, has accepted the first joint appointment in the program, which will expand to involve other Purdue faculty members. Lin’s research focuses on advancing big data analysis and statistical machine learning, predictive modeling and uncertainty quantification, scientific computing and computational fluid dynamics, and stochastic multiscale modeling.

“We are delighted to see Dr. Lin participate in this new Joint Appointment Program. It is an ideal way to introduce Purdue’s new collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory,” said Karen Plaut, executive vice president for research. “This will open exciting new opportunities for Purdue faculty to enrich their research in partnership with this esteemed multidisciplinary center. We are eager to share in our mission to advance national security and prosperity by driving innovations through this new partnership.”

Guang Lin (Purdue University photo)

Purdue faculty who apply and are chosen for an Argonne joint appointment will have access to agreed-upon resources and facilities of Argonne, in addition to opportunities to contribute to, consult with and work alongside Argonne researchers.

“Argonne is excited to welcome Professor Lin as the first joint appointee of our Purdue-Argonne collaboration. Our cutting-edge facilities and world-class community of talent will help accelerate pivotal discoveries for Dr. Lin and other appointees in the future,” said Argonne director Paul Kearns. “As a Boilermaker myself, I know firsthand that Purdue will significantly boost our global scientific network and help us solve some of the biggest technical challenges facing society.”

In its collaborations with Purdue and other universities, Argonne’s Joint Appointment Program objectives are to:

  • Promote research and collaboration in areas aligned with the scientific and technical priorities of Argonne and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
  • Facilitate building world-class research programs by maximizing unique intellectual and physical resources of both Argonne and partner universities.
  • Establish a network and an exchange of knowledge to enhance the intellectual vitality and research impact of Argonne and partner universities.
  • Increase synergies between DOE and academic programs.

Purdue faculty interested in applying to the program can learn about the Purdue application process here. The Argonne application is accessible here.

About Argonne

Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where talented scientists and engineers work together to answer the biggest questions facing humanity, from how to obtain affordable clean energy to protecting ourselves and our environment. Born out of the University of Chicago’s work on the Manhattan Project in the 1940s, Argonne’s goal has been to make an impact — from the atomic to the human to the global scale. The laboratory works with universities, industry, and other national laboratories on questions and experiments too large for any single institution. Through collaborations, Argonne discovers new ways to develop energy innovations through science, create novel materials molecule-by-molecule, and gain a deeper understanding of our planet, our climate, and the cosmos. Argonne leads discovery and powers innovation in a wide range of core scientific capabilities, from high-energy physics and materials science to biology and advanced computer science.

About Purdue University

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