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 of 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.


AUI values the pursuit and transmission of truth through the enabling of the scientific community


Openness, honesty and fairness are core AUI principles; our employees’ creditability is a source of great pride.


We are committed to science impact and the advancement of knowledge; we actively pursue innovative partnerships.


We believe our success in complex projects depends on hard work and acute attention to detail; we focus on and deliver results.


Engaging science enthusiasts globally across organizations, cultures and borders; we promote science advancement.

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  • 1946

    AUI is Chartered

    to acquire, plan, construct and operate laboratories and other facilities that would unite the resources of universities, other research organizations and the Federal Government. The following year AUI begins building Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and the world’s first user facilities including the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor, the first reactor built in the United States for peacetime atomic research.

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  • 1956

    NRAO & Green Bank Observatory Are Developed

    AUI begins managing the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) for the National Science Foundation (NSF), creating the Green Bank Observatory the following year.

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  • 1956

    DNA Imagining

    Brookhaven researchers discover a new way to study DNA and produce a photographic image of DNA synthesis in plant roots. The results provide the first evidence that Watson and Crick's model of DNA replication operated at the level of individual chromosomes.

A Message from the Board

AUI is an agile, dynamic and inclusive scientific facilities management organization, co-creating scientific value in partnership with the academic research community and the federal government. That is why we have chosen leaders in our Board of Trustees who are prominent research scientists, active users of AUI facilities, and members with expertise relevant to solving the nation’s toughest challenges. AUI is well positioned to serve the national and scientific interest as a neutral body within its relevant scientific communities; it is mission-centric rather than representing the special interests of any specific entity or group.

As the pioneer of the user facility model, we continue to lead in the creative development and management of partnerships, tools, and facilities to address challenges too large for any singular institution to own. As a research-focused, not-for-profit manager of scientific facilities for the benefit of the research community, AUI can adapt its strategy and reconfigure the range of skills represented by the members of its Board of Trustees as required to meet emerging challenges.

Numerous Nobel Prize winners, and members of the National Academies have served on the AUI Board of Trustees, bringing their problem-solving talents to unlock the mysteries of the universe and address national challenges. Throughout our history, we have continued to make scientific breakthroughs possible. Through the design, construction, and management of ALMA, BNL, VLA, and GBO we have enabled the imaging of a black hole event horizon, countless advancements in the field of physics and nuclear medicine, discovery of planetary disc formation, founding of interstellar organic chemistry, and discovery of binary pulsars.

With the support of our Board, AUI continues to make scientific breakthroughs possible, and solve challenges facing the underserved sectors who often lack the human and financial resources to meet managerial, operational, and cybersecurity challenges. The AUI Board is committed to realizing the broadest public benefits that flow from vigorous scientific research. As part of this commitment, AUI supports effective programs of education and public outreach, and seeks to help build a scientific enterprise that is broadly diverse and representative of our society.


Claudia Bobadilla Ferrer

Lawyer, Founder and Vice President of Red Alta Dirección (RAD), Board of the Chilean Scientific Museum Initiative (ICM)


Adam Cohen

President, Associated Universities, Inc.


Dean W. Currie

Vice President for Business and Finance (Retired), California Institute of Technology


Kathy Flanagan

Senior Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)


Roscoe C. Giles

Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Boston University


Tony Hey

Chief Data Scientist, Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK. Visiting Professor, University of Southampton, UK


Frank G. Klotz

Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force (Retired); Former Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security and Administrator, U.S. Department of Energy


Mark Kontos

Chief Financial Officer, The MITRE Corporation, Retired


Eugene H. Levy

Andrew Hays Buchanan Professor of Astrophysics, Rice University


John J. Lively

Director of Administration and Finance (Retired), Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, DC


George K. Miley

Royal Netherlands Academy Professor and Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University


James M. Moran

Donald H. Menzel Professor of Astrophysics, Harvard University, Senior Scientist Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory


Derrick H. Pitts

Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Programs Director, The Franklin Institute


Glen Shor

Vice President for Finance, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Suzanne T Staggs

Henry deWolf Smyth Professor of Physics, Princeton University


David Tatel

Judge, Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


Meg Urry

Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Director, Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics


Laurent Vigroux

Director of Research at the Astrophysics Department, Atomic Energy Commission


Eric M. Wilcots

AUI Chair, Mary C. Jacoby Professor of Astronomy, Deputy Dean University of Wisconsin-Madison


Robert Williams

Astronomer Emeritus, Space Telescope Science Institute & Distinguished Osterbrock Professor, University of California/Santa Cruz


Christine Wilson

AUI Vice Chair, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, McMaster University


Michael Witherell

Laboratory Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Malcolm R. Beasley

Theodore and Sydney Rosenberg Professor of Applied Physics, Emeritus, Stanford University

Barry Cooperman

Professor of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania

Martha Haynes

Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University

Lyman A Page, Jr.

James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Physics, Princeton University

H. Warren Moos

Research Professor and Gerhard H. Dieke Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University

Richard A. Zdanis

Provost and University Vice President and Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Case Western Reserve University

Michael E. Fisher

Distinguished University Professor & Regents Professor, Institute for Physical Science & Technology, University of Maryland

Aihud Pevsner

Jacob L. Hain Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Emeritus, The Johns Hopkins University

Anneila I. Sargent

Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy, California Institute of Technology

E. Scott Kirkpatrick

Professor, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Joseph H. Taylor, Jr.

James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Physics, Princeton University

Paul H. Gilbert

Parsons Brinkerhoff, Inc., Emeritus


Malcolm R. Beasley

Theodore and Sydney Rosenberg Professor of Applied Physics, Emeritus, Stanford University

Barry Cooperman

Professor of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania