As FRIB Chief Scientist, Witold (Witek) Nazarewicz advises the project director on issues related to science, and articulates FRIB’s capabilities to the national and international science community, including potential users. He also ensures that FRIB research programs remain at the cutting edge of the field, address important science questions, and are widely regarded as well-founded, appropriate, and of high scientific impact. Additionally, he is responsible for establishing a vibrant FRIB Theory Center to help FRIB users realize the full scientific potential of FRIB.
Witek is both a John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Physics at Michigan State University, and a professor of physics at Warsaw University, Poland. He is also a Distinguished Research and Development staff member in Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL) Physics Division. From 1999-2012 he served as the scientific director of the ORNL Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility. He has held several visiting positions, including professorships at Lund University, the University of Cologne, Kyoto University, the University of Liverpool, and Peking University.
Witek is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the U.K. Institute of Physics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was named a 2008 Carnegie Centenary Professorby the Carnegie Trust in Scotland; received an Honorary Doctorate from University of the West of Scotland in 2009; was awarded the 2012 Tom W. Bonner Prize from the American Physical Society; and was named the 2012 ORNL Distinguished Scientist.
Witek is the author of nine review papers and more than 370 refereed publications in scientific journals. With more than 17,000 citations and h-index ~72, he is listed by ISI among the most highly-cited physicists. He has also made more than 170 contributions to major conferences, published in their respective proceedings. He has given ~220 invited talks at major international conferences and more than 250 invited seminars and colloquia. Witek has helped organize ~70 meetings and conferences and presently serves on 15 professional committees and editorial boards.