Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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Media Contact: Billy Stair ()
Communications and External Relations


SNS director to return to Argonne

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 17, 2001 — After completing two years as executive director of the Spallation Neutron Source project, David Moncton is returning to Argonne National Laboratory.

Moncton came to Oak Ridge in February 1999 with a mandate to prepare the $1.4 billion SNS project for construction. Dr. Bill Madia, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, said the scientific community owes Moncton a debt of gratitude for his leadership and vision.

"David made a two-year commitment to help us position the SNS project for long term success. In those two years he has made remarkable progress, assembling a strong management team, establishing a technical baseline for the project, and guiding a partnership among six national laboratories that contributed greatly to the project's success," Madia said.

Moncton said that although his two years in Oak Ridge have been a rewarding experience, commuting from Chicago four days a week has kept him away from his family and his research. "The time has come to spend more time with my family and resume my research at Argonne National Laboratory," Moncton said.

The last six months have witnessed significant milestones for the SNS project. The Administration recommended and Congress appropriated $278 million to begin construction of the project. In December, workers began pouring the foundations for the project's facilities.

"Thanks to David, the SNS has established credibility and enjoys the support of the scientific community," said Pat Dehmer, who oversees the project for the Department of Energy in Washington. "Given the size, importance and complexity of the project, Dr. Moncton has done an outstanding job in leading us to this point. We thank him for all he has done."

Madia said he will begin immediately the search for candidates to head the SNS project. He said he is already considering several candidates and expects to announce the new SNS director by March 1, 2001. "The SNS project is now on a sound footing and we will continue our commitment to deliver the project on time and on budget," Madia said.