Richard Leonard

Vice President, Research Infrastructure, Battelle

Mr. Leonard is the Vice President of Battelle’s Research Infrastructure Business based in Boulder, Colorado.  He led establishment of this group as part of Battelle’s award to operate the NSF’s National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).  Mr. Leonard is also CEO of Battelle Ecological Inc., an affiliate of Battelle.  In his current role, he is responsible for all business operations including strategic planning, new business development, financial performance, and human capital management.  This is the latest of several assignments Mr. Leonard has undertaken to lead project or business turnarounds.  Prior to assuming his current role, he was CEO for Bluefin Robotics, a Battelle subsidiary based in Quincy, Massachusetts, where he lead a corporate restructuring and financial recovery effort that ended in the sale of Bluefin Robotics to its current owner General Dynamics Mission Systems.  Bluefin, an MIT spinout, is a world leading developer and builder of Autonomous Undersea Vehicles for the scientific, defense, and industrial markets.

Mr. Leonard joined Battelle in 1990 after serving in the US Army for five years.  Over his 27-year career at Battelle, he has led a range of diverse business groups crossing engineering and scientific boundaries.  His academic background is in Chemical Engineering and he was an Industry Fellow at the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University.


Facility Performance Metrics
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – 1:40 pm
Performance metrics are more than a scorecard. Properly implemented, they can inform decisions on how best to keep research infrastructure on the forefront of the scientific endeavor. The session will include discussions on examples of operational performance metrics that can be used to describe facility outputs and outcomes, track operational performance (uptime), track operations and maintenance costs, and support budget requests for facility sustainment and improvement.

Major Facility Innovations and Technology Transfer
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – 8:00 am
This community-led discussion will identify a path forward to develop good practices for conveying the socio-economic benefit from NSF Research Infrastructure investments on the broader U.S. innovation ecosystem and the economy. This will include follow-up discussion from 2017 Large Facilities Workshop on a tailored, volunteer questionnaire for the academic institutions and non-profits that operate NSF’s major facilities. The questionnaire will be based on NSF’s Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS) and other efforts currently underway in Europe. The outcomes will help inform NSF how to develop communications tools like those used successfully by DOE, NASA and other NSF Programs.

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