MURR Director Ralph Butler

Meet the Director

Ralph A. Butler began his work at MURR in 2000 as Chief Operating Officer.  One year later he was named director of the MURR Center.

In his position, Butler works with others to ensure the MURR facility remains uniquely positioned as a cornerstone in both the University of Missouri’s Comprehensive Cancer Center initiative and as an active national resource.

Working with a dedicated group of 150, he directs MURR’s three-fold mission of promoting interdisciplinary research, providing educational opportunities for students, and making available irradiation and isotope production services to researchers, medical institutions and private companies worldwide.

Butler has over 30 years experience in the management, oversight and operation of military, commercial and U.S. Department of Energy facilities, both domestic and international.

A registered professional engineer and former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensed senior reactor operator,  Director Butler received his undergraduate degree in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla) and his M.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Missouri.