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Battelle Appoints Experienced R&D Leader as President of New Energy, Environment and Material Sciences Global Business at Battelle

Posted on Apr 25, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH., 25 April, 2011— Battelle’s President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth has named Battelle veteran Martin Toomajian as President of Battelle’s newly formed Energy, Environment and Material Sciences Global Business. 

Toomajian, 48, was most recently VP of Operations for the National Security Global Business, with responsibility for the execution of over $800 million of annual research and development.

This reorganization pulls together three existing technical areas within Battelle that are increasingly interlinked in today’s economy: energy technology, environmental science, and materials engineering. The business will support R&D efforts to address the needs of five major markets:

  • Oil, Gas, Coal, and Metals Mining
  • Industrial and consumer products
  • Government and regulatory markets
  • Utilities
  • Alternative energy

“I’m eager to lead this group of talented people and see the collective impact we can have on the pressing challenges in the energy and environmental arenas,” Toomajian said. “Combined with our storied history of advances in material sciences, the intellectual and technological firepower we bring to bear will be significant.”

The group’s expertise  is vast and includes work for both government and commercial clients in bio-fuels from cellulosic feeds; carbon management; fuel cells and power storage; advanced membranes; fuel reformers; electric grid management; pipeline safety; water treatment and purification; ocean and marine sciences; environmental risk assessment and mitigation; and advanced materials development and energy systems.

Toomajian joined Battelle as a principal research scientist, where he initially conducted applied research in support of the U.S. and Russian chemical weapons demilitarization programs. He quickly transitioned to operations management, where he oversaw more than 3,400 scientists, engineers and technicians who conduct over $800 million in business for Battelle.

He is a recent Distinguished Graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where he earned a Masters Degree in National Resource Management.  Toomajian also earned Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in chemical engineering from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, respectively.  A former U.S. Army officer and teacher at West Point, he has taken numerous executive education business classes from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio, and is a co-author of one U.S. patent.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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