U.S. National Laboratories

The United States Department of Energy's National Laboratories have served among the world's leading institutions for scientific innovation for more than seventy years. Their breakthroughs have global impact in areas from national security to advanced manufacturing, cosmology, and materials science.

The government turns to industry and academia to manage and operate the labs.

​Bechtel and University of California formed partnerships to manage and operate Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2007 - present) and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (2006 - 2018). At Livermore, the partnership also includes Battelle and Texas A&M University. Their combined record of accomplishments and awards is unmatched in both science and industry.

The partnerships bring best practices from industry to enable world-class science for the benefit of U.S. national security. The parent organizations provide oversight through a board of governors, and the corporate partners share with the labs their processes, systems, and tools. The contracts were separate, but the partnerships worked toward economies of scale and shared best practices that benefitted both laboratories.

Technical expertise 

The labs have expertise in nearly every scientific discipline. Personnel, inlcuding leading scientists in numberous fields of study, work to maintain and enhance national security and advance such crucial efforts as understanding climate change and developing sustainable sources of energy.

Technical staff from both Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos combined to win more than 220 prestigious R&D 100 Awards, presented annually by R&D Magazine to recognize the top 100 technology innovations of the year.

In 2020, Livermore researchers won four R&D 100 Awards. The awards included a low-density polymer foam plug for occluding blood vessels, a multilevel checkpointing system for improved simulation performance on supercomputers, a faster open-source software package manager, and a novel portable neutron multiplicity detector.

Recognized for excellence in sustainability

Lawrence Livermore is a multiple winner of sustainability excellence awards from the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. The lab earned these honors for exemplary efforts to improve energy, water, and vehicle-fleet efficiency as well as to reduce greenhouse gases, pollution, and waste.