Texas Tech Joins Prestigious Consortium

Texas Tech is one of 98 universities making up the Oak Ridge Associated Universities consortium.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities consortium

The ORAU consortium, along with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, bring together university faculty and students to collaborate on major scientific initiatives.

Texas Tech University recently became a member of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) consortium.

The ORAU consortium is made up of 98 Ph.D.-granting universities across the United States, the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico. Established in 1946 as the Oak Ridge Institute for Nuclear Studies, member institutions of OARU perform one-third of the nation’s university research and produce one-third of the nation’s science and engineering doctoral degrees.

The membership will provide Texas Tech with the opportunity to form collaborative partnerships on a variety of research and education activities. Texas Tech was invited to join the group by ORAU and the U.S. Department of Energy.

“Through our ORAU membership our faculty and students will have the opportunity to work with and use the facilities at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as well as have the ability to partner with a variety of other national laboratories, federal agencies and private industry,” said Taylor Eighmy, vice president for research. “All major research universities are members of ORAU.”

Membership also provides Texas Tech faculty and students opportunities to take part in knowledge-strengthening competitions and interactions with scientific leaders.

Photo courtesy ORAU.

Office of Research and Innovation

The Office of Research and Innovation is tasked with facilitating excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity for Texas Tech students, faculty and staff. The office promotes an academic environment embracing creativity, curiosity, innovation, diversity, ethics and integrity.

Among other programs, the OR&I supports responsible and safe conduct of research, faculty development and recognition, interdisciplinary collaborations, externally sponsored research, partnerships with industry and community stakeholders, international research collaboration and the application of research for the benefit of society. The OR&I promotes a culture of creative expression, discovery, innovation and collaboration with the goal of advancing Texas Tech’s status as an elite national research university.