Thomas Glasmacher
FRIB Laboratory Director and University Distinguished Professor in Physics
FRIB The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB External Link icon) at Michigan State University (MSU External Link icon) will be a Department of Energy Office of Science External Link icon national user facilty to advance the mission of the Office of Nuclear Physics External Link icon. FRIB is under construction and will enable scientists to perform cutting-edge research that advances understanding of rare nuclear isotopes and the evolution of the cosmos.
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Michigan State University
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East Lansing, Michigan 48824
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Biography Thomas Glasmacher is the Laboratory Director for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) scientific user facility under construction and supporting the mission of the Office of Nuclear Physics in DOE-SC. Glasmacher has responsibility and authority to execute the FRIB Project, including overall line management responsibility, for the design, construction, and transition to operations of FRIB, the management of all contractors, and ensuring the full project scope is delivered in a safe, cost-efficient, and environmentally responsible manner. He also is responsible for the administration of the FRIB Laboratory, which is the equivalent of a college within Michigan State University.

In 2008 Glasmacher led the team that prepared the winning FRIB proposal. He became the FRIB project director and project manager when the Cooperative Agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and MSU was signed in June 2009. He built the FRIB Project team and successfully led the team through conceptual design and alternative selection (Critical Decision 1), preliminary design and baselining (Critical Decision 2), final design, and into construction (Critical Decision 3a). FRIB is baselined to be completed in June 2022, the project team is managing to early completion in 2020.

Glasmacher was a member of the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee to DOE-SC and to the National Science Foundation from 2004-2007, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is a Stanford Certified Project Manager.

Glasmacher joined the National Superconducting Cylcotron (NSCL External Link icon)at MSU in 1992 as an NSCL Fellow and performed research in intermediate energy nuclear physics. In 1995 he joined the MSU faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and NSCL, where he is now a University Distinguished Professor. His research resulted in more than 200 publications and focused on exploring the structure of rare isotopes with new experimental techniques involving gamma-rays. This work was recognized in 2006 with the Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences External Link icon.

Glasmacher earned MS (1990) and PhD (1992) degrees in low-energy experimental nuclear physics from Florida State University.
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