Adam Cohen

President and CEO, Associated Universities Incorporated

Dr. Cohen is the President and CEO of Associated Universities, Inc (AUI). He earned his bachelor’s degree in materials engineering from Columbia University, his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University.

Prior to joining AUI in 2017, Dr. Cohen was finishing his term at Princeton University. Until May 2017, he served as the Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), overseeing basic science, applied energy research, technology development, and deployment efforts, including the stewardship of 13 of the 17 DOE National Laboratories. His experience also includes nearly seven years as Deputy Director for Operations at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, and 18 years at Argonne National Laboratory, where he held several positions including Deputy Associate Director for Energy Sciences and Engineering, and Deputy Director/Chief Operations Officer. He has served as head of the U.S. Delegation on the ITER Council, on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protections’ Oyster Creek Oversight Panel, and on the DOE Laboratory Operations Board. Earlier in his career, he spent four years in the U.S. Navy as a submarine officer, and he worked at Babcock & Wilcox manufacturing nuclear fuel for research reactors.

Dr. Cohen continues to serve as a Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies Energy and National Security Program.


Lessons for the Future
Monday, April 30, 2018 – 8:30 am
Experience in projects and facilities is always a balance sheet of successes and failures. My personal experience balance sheet has taught me that the success of a project depends on many factors, some of which can be predicted and planned. The cost, scope, schedule, and planned missions are not the whole story; how you pitch a project, how you ensure continued support, how you execute the management of a project, and how you use the facility all change over time. We are living in times of tremendous budget uncertainty, and there are indications that we will continue to be in a constrained budget environment for some time. Has the era of several “billion dollar” class R&D facilities progressing together ended? Experiences from the past might provide valuable lessons for the future planning and eventual construction and operations of the next generation of facilities.

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