Bob Patterer

Chief of Staff

As FRIB Chief of Staff, Bob Patterer oversees the Office Management Group, including the office support, travel, and project support functions. He works with all functions within the Business Support Organization to develop, implement, and improve business processes that support the delivery of project scope on schedule, within budget, and performed with exemplary quality and safety. Reporting to the project director, he is the FRIB point of contact for interactions with both MSU and the local communities.

Bob brings 25 years of management experience to FRIB. He worked as a contractor supporting several National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) science missions for 12 years, including the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, Aqua, and Aura. While working for NASA, he managed programming and systems administration teams and worked with instrument teams to adapt their instruments to the spacecraft. He then spent the next 13 years in academic administration working at the University of Michigan as the Key Administrator in the Department of Geological Sciences and Indiana University as the Director of Strategic Planning and Director of Facilities and Science Infrastructure for the Executive Deans Office of the College or Arts and Sciences.

At the University of Michigan, Bob was the Administrative Director of the Department of Geological Sciences (now the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences).  He was responsible for the total budget and operations for the Department including research and general funds and oversight for the Camp Davis Field Station in Wyoming.  He was also a member of the Human Resources Council for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. At Indiana University, Bob managed the relocation of the Executive Deans Office to Owen Hall, numerous departments to the new Global and International Studies building, the Media School to the newly renovated Franklin Hall, and the School of Art and Design to Kirkwood Hall. Bob also coordinated the development of all new research space in the college as the liaison between the college, the department, and the University Architects office and Physical Plant.

Bob received his BS in physics and astronomy from the University of Michigan and his PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from Pennsylvania State University.