Mark Peters named Argonne's new deputy lab director for programs

By Angela HardinNovember 2, 2009

ARGONNE, IL – Mark Peters was recently appointed deputy director for programs for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory. Peters assumed his duties as one of the top administrators at the laboratory Sunday.

"I've had the opportunity in the last year to work closely with Mark during the development of the lab's energy strategy," Argonne Director Eric Isaacs said. "Mark's unique viewpoint and skill set will complement those of the entire executive management team. Moreover, his technical background, experience and energy will be a tremendous asset to Argonne, especially as he leads the development of the lab's long- and short-term strategic plans for science and technology."

In his new role, Peters, 45, will work closely with Argonne scientists, engineers, senior management and UChicago Argonne, LLC, which manages the lab for DOE; serve on the lab's policy-making bodies; and oversee and direct Argonne's Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program to ensure the highest-potential and highest-quality proposals are funded.

"Argonne is intensifying its efforts to address the nation's energy and environmental challenges and the Obama administration's goals to significantly lessen the impact of energy on the environment and strengthen our energy security," Peters said. "I look forward to working with the lab's scientists and engineers in helping to attain those critical goals.

"Our battery, transportation and nuclear energy research programs have made significant strides in the last few years and will continue to do so. The lab is also fortifying its research efforts in the development of advanced renewable energy technologies like solar and biofuels."

Peters will also work to ensure that all levels of the laboratory are engaged and to build consensus among DOE, the University of Chicago, the sole-member of UChicago Argonne, local research universities and other critical stakeholders. He will continue to provide technical support to the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy's Fuel Cycle Research and Development (FCRD) program and was recently appointed FCRD national campaign director for used fuel disposition.

Peters came to Argonne in 2004 as senior scientific advisor. He supported the director of the DOE Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management in strategic planning and implementation of the long-term science and technology program during a two-year assignment, and then became director of program development for Argonne's nuclear waste technical work.

Most recently, Peters served as the deputy associate laboratory director for Energy Sciences and Engineering, where he managed and integrated Argonne's energy research and development portfolio and energy-related LDRD projects; coordinated the development of new program opportunities; and led the lab's advanced nuclear fuel cycle activities.

Before joining Argonne, Peters was with Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he served as the Yucca Mountain Project science and engineering testing project manager.

Peters received a Ph.D. in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago in 1992 and has written more than 60 scientific publications. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society, the Mineralogical Society of America, and the American Nuclear Society. His professional achievements have resulted in his election to Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, as well as Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the Earth Sciences Honorary Society.