National Superconducting
Cyclotron Laboratory

Thomas Glasmacher
Thomas Glasmacher
FRIB Laboratory Director
Experimental Nuclear Physics
PhD, Physics, Florida State University 1992
Joined NSCL in November 1992
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Thomas Glasmacher

Thomas Glasmacher is the FRIB Laboratory Director and has full responsibility and authority to execute the $730M FRIB Project. This includes overall line management responsibility for over 200 employees, the design, construction and transition to operations of FRIB, the management of all contractors and to ensure all project scope is delivered in a safe, cost-efficient, and environmentally responsible manner as well as administration of the FRIB unit (equivalent of a department within MSU).

In 2008 Glasmacher led the team that developed and presented to DOE Office of Science the FRIB proposal leading to the start of the FRIB Project in June 2009 following a merit-based competition in 2008. From 2003-2009 Glasmacher was the Associate Director for Operations at NSCL, where he managed NSCL’s $15 million annual operating budget and 140 employees.

After earning M.S. (1990) and Ph.D. (1992) degrees in low-energy experimental nuclear physics from Florida State University, Glasmacher joined NSCL 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, where he is now a University Distinguished Professor. His research 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. Glasmacher’s work has resulted in over 170 publications.

Glasmacher was a member of the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee to DOE and NSF 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 (SCPM).

Selected Publications

In-beam nuclear spectroscopy of bound states with fast exotic ion beams.
A. Gade and T. Glasmacher, Prog. Part. Nucl. Phys. 60, 161 (2008)

Quadrupole collectivity in silicon isotopes approaching neutron number N= 28,
C.M. Campbell et al., Phys. Lett. B 652,169 (2007)

Measurement of excited states in 40Si and evidence for weakening of the N=28
shell gap, C.M. Campbell et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 112501 (2006)

'Magic' nucleus 42Si, J. Fridmann et al., Nature 435, 922 (2005)