SURA and Computer Sciences Corporation have partnered to provide the Department of Energy an organization that is designed for accountability, customer and stakeholder focus and will innovate the safe management of large scale scientific research.
The Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc. (SURA) is a consortium of more than sixty universities. SURA was formed in the early 1980’s to compete for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (then CEBAF) and has been its contractor since inception. SURA is also actively involved in other science and R&D projects in supercomputing, grid computing and networking technologies, and coastal research.
From its original thirteen charter members, SURA has grown to more than sixty university members and includes by special provisions, universities from outside the southeast.
SURA managed the construction of TJNAF, including changing the original design from normal conducting accelerator components to a superconducting and multi-pass machine that provides additional scientific reach and saved capital and operating costs. SURA was a pioneer in performance-based contracting and has received outstanding ratings from the Department of Energy.
Founded in 1959, CSC and predecessor companies have continually provided innovative and effective management for facilities maintenance and operations, and various ancillary support services to the U.S. and foreign governments and commercial customers for over five decades. The Applied Technology Division of CSC, founded in 1946 as California Eastern Airways, holds the longest, continually operated contract in DoD history at White Sands Missile Range, awarded in 1949. During the company’s evolution, the legacy company became DynCorp, and later, DynCorp Technical Services (DTS).
In 2003, CSC acquired all former DynCorp companies. In December 2004, CSC sold DynCorp International, DynMarine, and selected DTS aviation contracts to Veritas Capital. With the completion of the transaction in February 2005, DTS became CSC. CSC, founded in 1959, currently employs approximately 78,000 employees with reported revenue of $14.9 billion for the 12 months ended December 2007.