Inés Triay, Ph.D. has accepted the appointment as Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) effective October 15, 2012. ARC’s current Executive Director, Dr. John Proni, will assist Dr. Triay during a transition period through December 30, 2012. Beginning in January, Dr. Proni will focus on expanding the current collaboration of ARC with the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) and the Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) in…

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Applied Research Center Executive Director Appointment

Inés Triay, Ph.D. has accepted the appointment as Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) effective October 15, 2012.

ARC’s current Executive Director, Dr. John Proni, will assist Dr. Triay during a transition period through December 30, 2012. Beginning in January, Dr. Proni will focus on expanding the current collaboration of ARC with the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) and the Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) in areas pertaining to marine environmental research. Since joining FIU in 2008, he effectively addressed and solved numerous, complex operational issues, and successfully repositioned ARC’s research enterprise. Please join me in thanking Dr. Proni for his service to ARC and FIU.

Dr. Inés Triay

Dr. Inés Triay

Dr. Triay comes to FIU from her current position as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management in the Department of Energy (DOE). Dr. Triay has a distinguished history as scientist and administrator at DOE, which includes positions as Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer for the DOE’s Office of Environmental Management. In these positions, Dr. Triay was in charge of all science pertaining to environmental nuclear clean up throughout the U.S. For a period of five years, Dr. Triay was the Manager of the DOE’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) in New Mexico. Dr. Triay was also a scientist and leader at the Los Alamos National Laboratories for fourteen years, with roles that included Deputy Division Director of the Chemical Science and Technology Division. In her distinguished career at DOE, Dr. Triay received numerous honors, including the Presidential Rank Award, the DOE Secretary Exceptional Service Award, the National Award for Nuclear Science, and the Dixie Lee Ray Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, among others.

Dr. Triay is committed to continuing the upward trajectory ARC established under Dr. John Proni. This includes expanding research funding connected to nuclear research, establishing new research partnerships with the U.S. Department of Defense, expanding applied research partnerships with industry, and building bridges of collaborative research opportunities across departments at FIU. The latter is already exemplified by her leading role in the creation of FIU’s Nuclear Research Network, which in a short period of three months received its first grant from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Triay as Executive Director of ARC.

5 responses to “Applied Research Center Executive Director Appointment”

  1. Jonathan Black says:

    Congrats, Dr. Triay! And congrats to the ARC. The ARC just acquired the very best that the Federal Government has to offer. I’ve been a fan of Dr. Triay for more than 15 years. In that time she has tackled some of the biggest challenges in the DOE, and truly brought about big change, big progress. I’m sure she will continue this tradition at the ARC. Good luck!

  2. James Fannon says:

    For 22-years, I have known Dr. Ines R. Triay during her career at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory as an extraordinary nuclear scientist, followed as Site Manager at the Department’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, a deep repository for radioactive waste disposal, where she performed brilliantly in safe operations, achieved the single, most successful project in DOE’s radioactive waste cleanup program. Her appointment to DOE’s Washington, DC Headquarters as Chief Operations Officer, and as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Environmental Management having received numerous awards as recognition for her contributions in nuclear science. Florida International University, and the future of its students, in my opinion, is extremely fortunate to have her knowledge, experience and technological skills for its staff. I have always valued my association with Dr. Triay.

  3. Anibal Taboas says:

    Congratulations to Florida International University for it’s inclusive practices, enabling the capture of Dr. Triay, a distinguished and international level leader, to head it’s Applied Research Center. “Así se hace” – thanks for a job well done!

  4. Prabhakar Pant says:

    Really a great news. I am sure, ARC will move ahead, as always, in its path to prosperity with great research and contribution to the scientific world. I had a pleasure of listening to Dr. Ines Triay at FIU few years ago. Congratulation to all!!

  5. Don Rokop says:

    Who is this strange person I see? Met JULIE at church last Saturday and she told me to google you, WOW! Congrats on new position and you look great. Don and Sue

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