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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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Kirsten Ruiz's Experts

Kirsten Ruiz


Director, Field Science

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"I have a passion for identifying research-based best practices in science and management to maximize our impact on the people, animals and world we're working for."

About Kirsten

As Director of Field Operations, Kirsten Ruiz is responsible for managing the instrument maintenance, execution of field sampling, and laboratory operations in each of NEON's twenty domains.

Prior to joining NEON in mid-2008, Kirsten served as the Executive Director of several 501(c)3 non-profit corporations and has over 10 years of experience in management and leadership. Kirsten's previous work focused extensively in applied animal behavior and implementation of operant conditioning methods within animal shelters.

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

  • Animal behavior
  • Applying past knowledge to new situations
  • Biology
  • Consummate generalist
  • Criminal and restorative justice
  • Ecology
  • Operant conditioning methods
  • Project management

  • Certifications & Specialized Training

    • Animal behavior assessments
  • Education

    • M.B.A. - University of Colorado - Denver
    • B.S. - Ecology/Ethology/Evolution - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



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.

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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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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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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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