As FRIB Project Manager, Paul Mantica acts on behalf of the project director in his absence and supports the technical construction phase and the transition of FRIB to operations and the integration of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.
Paul is a University Distinguished Professor with a joint appointment between FRIB and the Department of Chemistry.
Paul came to MSU in 1995, following a five-year stay at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Paul served as associate director for operations (2009-2012) at NSCL, and led the effort to define the operational needs for the laboratory that underlie the current Cooperative Agreement between NSCL and NSF. Most recently, he was director (2012-2014) of the Kuali Coeus Research Administration Implementation Project at Michigan State. This project will deliver an enterprise-level application for the cradle-to-grave administration of research grants, providing an integrated suite of functionality for pre-award, award, and compliance activities across the MSU campus.
His research interests include the laser probing of rare isotopes to deduce nuclear moments, spins, and charge radii. He received the MSU Teacher-Scholar award (2000) and the College of Natural Science Outstanding Academic Advisor award (2008).
Paul was a member of the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (2014), is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, was chair (2014) of the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology of the American Chemical Society, and is a Project Management Professional certified by the Project Management Institute.
Paul received his BS (1985) in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his PhD (1990) in nuclear chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park.