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Research infrastructure

Enabling transformative science and engineering through operational excellence

"… long term, sustained investments in state-of- the-art research infrastructure … provides the capabilities needed to conduct world-leading research. Maintaining and modernizing this infrastructure is critical to getting the best value out of R&D investments." — Former Director, National Science Foundation, Dr. France Córdova

Balancing efficiency with scientific creativity

Battelle has the deep technical, laboratory and large-scale program management experience to lead the most complex research infrastructure programs and support successful scientific and engineering collaboration and discovery.


Scientific & Technical


Engineering & Optimization


Community Engagement &
STEM Education

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Program, Land
& Laboratory Management

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Safety, Health & Environmental Excellence

Experts with world-class capabilities

Battelle’s research infrastructure management experience spans decades of national lab management, effective operation of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and world-class chemical demilitarization technology and operations management. Our team is uniquely positioned to provide exceptional complex research operations services combined with unmatched scientific expertise to large-scale research infrastructure projects.

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Hank Loescher's Experts

Hank Loescher


Chief Scientist

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About Hank

Hank is formally educated as an ecosystem scientist and is also an effective and organized large-project science administrator, team leader and supervisor.  He is skilled in working with individuals, both small and large teams, and across agencies, governments, and intergovernmental frameworks toward achieving collaborative scientific goals.  He enjoys taking on new challenging problem-solving and leadership opportunities in the ecological and environmental sciences.  His career is being at the nexus of science, engineering, project development, and innovation.

He is knowledgeable, and a proven science manager with 20+ years of experience overseeing and leading a number of scientific/engineering research projects and networks, including the ability to; i) demonstrate deep ecological understanding and vision, and bring together and inspire others to advance biological science and engineered desired solutions, ii) design, develop, construct, and operate a major new NSF (MREFC) facility, iii) lead and administrate complex schedule, budget, risks, and human resources, iv) lead STEM related activities and trainings for under-represented groups, v) provide guidance and the opportunities for research communities to strategically plan new scientific and engineering initiatives, and vi) actively and innovatively engage the public, private industry, educational and research communities. 

He has strong managerial skills complemented and enhanced by years of research in ecosystem sciences and has been formally trained in Project Science Management and Strategic Leadership, and I am committed to quality research and education. He is highly focused, energetic, and productive professional with proven and effective written and oral communications skills. He offers a demonstrated ability to solve problems quickly, creatively and with vision, and to recognize and act upon new opportunities for innovation, programmatic efficiencies and optimization, and technological and scientific advancement.

But if you really want to pique Hank's interests, ask about:

  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Engineering
  • Program Management
  • Proven Business Acumen
  • Scientific and Programmatic Vision
  • Strategic Leadership and Team Building

  • Certifications & Specialized Training

    • Basic First aid and CPR certification
    • Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)
    • Corporate Legal Protections and Responsibly
    • Covered Defense Information (CDI)
    • Cyber Security Awareness Training
    • Ethics
    • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Education

    • Ph.D. - Statistics - Carnegie Mellon University
    • Ph.D. - Forest Resources and Conservation - University of Florida
    • M.S. - Forest Resources and Conservation - University of Florida
    • B.S. - Mathematics and Statistics - Miami University
    • B.S. - Environmental Science & Natural Resources Management - Vermont State College
    • A.A.S.- Applied Science - State University of NY
    • A.A.S.- Agronomy - State University of NY
  • Affiliations & Associations

    • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
    • American Meteorological Society (AMS)
    • Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC)
    • Consortium for the Advance of Hydrologic Sciences Inc. (CUASHI)
    • Earth System Information Partners (ESIP)
    • EarthCube
    • Ecological Society of America (ESA)
    • European Geophysical Union (EGU)
    • Research Data Alliance (RDA)
    • Society for Freshwater Science (SFS-NABS)



National Lab

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Battelle has a substantial management role at eight national laboratories: seven for the U.S. Department of Energy and one for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. These national laboratories deliver unmatched capabilities that drive scientific discovery, inspire innovation and solve what matters most.

See a list of the national laboratories Battelle manages

Continental-Scale Data Collection

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NEON, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and operated by Battelle, collects and provides open data to characterize and quantify complex ecological processes across the US. This comprehensive data, spatial extent and remote sensing technology enables a large and diverse user community to tackle emerging ecological challenges.

Learn more about NEON

Lab Management & Research Ops

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For decades, Battelle has provided end-to-end lab operations and research management, highly skilled and trained research teams, and systematic research, development, testing and evaluation, combined with systems integration, data management, advanced analytics, and simulation capabilities for complex programs and facilities.

Learn more about Battelle Lab Operations & Research Management

Neurotechnology & Neuroscience 

NEON Aquatic Data Collection & Research

Funded by the National Science Foundation, NEON is gathering crucial aquatic observational and instrumental data to better understand seasonal climatic, hydrological and chemical changes occurring in lakes, rivers and streams. This provides researchers an unprecedented opportunity to study changes to ecosystems over time while also being able to provide data back into the NEON portal.

Learn more about using NEON Data


News & Insights

Sisters HS Balloon Launch

Students at Sisters High School Take Science into the Stratosphere

Students at Sisters High School in Oregon, are taking learning to new heights through an innovative STEM program in stratospheric ballooning with h...

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View of one of the NEON program sites in the Arctic

Science at the Top of the World

Battelle is pushing science forward in some of the most remote and extreme environments in the country—like the Arctic Tundra and Taiga.

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aerial view from NEON AOP

Understanding Earth’s Ecology from Above

The NEON Airborne Observation Platform is an array of instruments installed into a light aircraft to collect high resolution remote sensing data.

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A NEON program site operated by Battelle in the arctic

Battelle Awarded Contract to Enable Arctic Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Battelle the Arctic Research Support and Logistics Services contract. On this 10-year, $260 milli...

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