Bradley M. Sherrill

FRIB Scientific Director

As FRIB Scientific Director, Bradley M. Sherrill conducts FRIB Laboratory activities to ensure FRIB is able to achieve its scientific mission. He convenes the FRIB Program Advisory Committee to solicit peer advice on allocation of beam time and other scientific issues. He collaborates with the FRIB Division Directors and the Chief Scientist to ensure that user-related activities lead to realization of FRIB scientific vision.

Bradley joined the staff of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) in 1986. In 1991, became an assistant professor of physics at Michigan State University (MSU), where he is now a Distinguished Professor. He was director of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory from 2015 to 2022.

His research addresses the production and study of rare isotopes and their role in the universe. He led the design and construction of the A1200 fragment separator at NSCL, was project manager for construction of the S800 spectrometer, and helped design the A1900 fragment separator there. Winner of the 1986 Division of Nuclear Physics (DNP) Dissertation Award and the 2014 DNP Distinguished Service Award, Bradley also chaired the DNP in 2005. He was awarded the 2018 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics from the American Physical Society (APS). He has served on advisory committees for many laboratories around the world and the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. Bradley is a fellow of APS and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Bradley received his BA from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1980. He earned his MS in 1982 and his PhD in 1985, both in physics, from MSU. He then moved to a postdoctoral appointment at GSI in Germany.