Celebrating 75 years at Argonne National Laboratory: Supercomputers and X-rays

7:00–8:30 am
Facebook Live and C2ST YouTube TV

Organizers: Argonne National Laboratory


1946 was an important year across the globe–the United Nations held its first meeting, Tupperware was introduced to consumers, and Argonne National Laboratory was founded with the mission of harnessing nuclear reactions for peaceful energy purposes. In the 75 years since, Argonne has been at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation and impact, and has grown into one of the country’s largest science laboratories. The Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST) and Argonne National Laboratory are excited to kick off a 75th anniversary celebration partnership that will highlight Argonne’s numerous accomplishments and give an in-depth look into some of the five user facilities, which feature an extraordinary range of cutting-edge scientific tools that support in-depth research, drive technological breakthroughs, improve U.S. competitiveness and quality of life and are used by researchers from around the world! 

Argonne aims to tackle societal challenges in science, energy, the environment, and national security. To start the celebration, we will hear from experts about the five user facilities, and highlight two of them: the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) and the Advanced Photon Source (APS). The ALCF’s supercomputing power enables researchers to access and sift through mass quantities of data, creating complex models to solve the world’s most complex problems. The APS provides ultra-bright, high-energy x-ray beams to biologists, chemists, environmentalists and physicists.

C2ST is proud to partner with Argonne National Laboratory, and to share their stories. In an ongoing effort to highlight Argonne’s accomplishments during their 75th anniversary year, we will be taking deep dives into even more exciting research taking place at Argonne throughout 2021.


Curt A. Preissner, PhD
Principal Mechanical Engineer
Advanced Photon Source

Katherine Riley
Director of Science
Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

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