The Advanced Materials Research Institute was formed to meet the research needs of the University of New Orleans in the area of materials science. An organizational diagram (left) of the components of AMRI is shown.
The administration of AMRI involves two advisory boards, the Campus Advisory Board (CAB) and the Technical Advisory Board (TAB). The Director of AMRI reports to the Dean of the College of Sciences (Dr. Steven G. Johnson) who consults the CAB on matters pertaining to the administration of AMRI (e.g., appointments to the senior staff of AMRI, ratification of nominations for membership on the Technical Advisory Board, etc.). Although AMRI has a multi-disciplinary research mission, it is sponsored jointly by the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics in the College of Sciences at the University of New Orleans and the composition of the Campus Advisory Board reflects this authority.
Industrial and government involvement is crucial to the development of AMRI. A Technical Advisory Board (TAB) oversees the operation of AMRI. The duties of the TAB are to provide expertise and insight as AMRI projects are initially developed and to ensure the value and utility of the research to both the private sector and the Department of Defense. The TAB oversees the development of research initiatives at AMRI, directs the addition and distribution of personnel, conducts a yearly review of the operation and performance of the Institute, and makes recommendations on reallocation of AMRI resources.
AMRI has established a research consortium which includes academic, government, and industrial participants and their research laboratories.