Thomas Glasmacher

FRIB Laboratory Director

As FRIB Laboratory Director, Thomas Glasmacher is the responsible administrator for the 630-employee FRIB Laboratory, which is equivalent to a college within Michigan State University, and a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science scientific user facility supporting a community of 1,600 scientists. Thomas has full responsibility and authority to run the laboratory; this includes overall line management responsibility, execution, management of all contractors, and ensuring the laboratory operates in a safe, cost-efficient, and environmentally responsible manner.

Thomas joined the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) 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. From 2003-2009, Thomas was the associate director for operations at NSCL.

In 2008, he led the team that prepared the winning FRIB proposal and served as FRIB Project Director for the 13-year project that was completed on budget and ahead of schedule in January 2022.

Thomas was a member of the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee 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.

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