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.