Stephen Streiffer, Stanford vice chairman and interim lab director for SLAC, has been appointed director of Oak Ridge Nationwide Laboratory (ORNL). Learn Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s letter to SLAC employees right here and the press launch from ORNL under.

Stephen Okay. Streiffer (Picture credit score: Courtesy Oak Ridge Nationwide Laboratory)

UT-Battelle, LLC, has appointed Stephen Okay. Streiffer to be the following director of Oak Ridge Nationwide Laboratory (ORNL). He at the moment serves as interim director at SLAC Nationwide Accelerator Laboratory and can be a part of ORNL in October.

“Stephen is a confirmed chief with numerous expertise and a dedication to mission-driven analysis and growth,” mentioned Lou Von Thaer, CEO of Battelle and chair of UT-Battelle, which operates ORNL for the U.S. Division of Vitality (DOE). “All through his profession, Stephen has leveraged present strengths to create new alternatives and partnerships that strengthen our nation’s capability to innovate and compete.”

Streiffer joined SLAC final 12 months as Stanford College’s vice chairman liable for oversight of the lab. He was named interim director in February 2023. He beforehand spent 24 years in analysis and management positions at Argonne Nationwide Laboratory, concluding his tenure because the lab’s deputy director for science and expertise.

“Our nationwide laboratories present scientists with entry to a number of the strongest analysis services on this planet, and Stephen has been a key chief within the growth of those capabilities,” mentioned Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, director of DOE’s Workplace of Science. “At Oak Ridge, Stephen’s expertise will assist to make sure continued affect that advantages the nation and world.”

At Argonne, Streiffer led the Photon Sciences Directorate and served as director of the Superior Photon Supply (APS), a DOE Workplace of Science person facility that generates ultra-bright, high-energy X-ray beams for researchers from authorities, academia, and the personal sector. APS is present process an $815 million improve.

In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, from March 2020 by Might 2022, Streiffer additionally served as co-director of DOE’s Nationwide Digital Biotechnology Laboratory (NVBL), a consortium that included ORNL and leveraged the nationwide labs to deal with challenges associated to testing, therapy, epidemiological modeling, and provide chain bottlenecks encountered throughout the peak of the pandemic.

Previous to APS and NVBL, Streiffer helped to create and lead Argonne’s Bodily Sciences and Engineering Directorate – which incorporates its Supplies Science, Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Nanoscience and Know-how, Excessive Vitality Physics, and Physics divisions. He additionally served as deputy affiliate laboratory director for its predecessor Vitality Sciences and Engineering Directorate. From 2000-2009, he served a management position in growth of Argonne’s Heart for Nanoscale Supplies, one other Workplace of Science person facility.

“I used to be lucky to work intently with Stephen at Argonne, so I’ve seen his dedication to teamwork and his capability to construct assist first-hand,” mentioned Mark Peters, Battelle’s govt vice chairman of laboratory administration and operations. “One in all ORNL’s prime priorities is to retain, recruit, and develop employees members throughout its broad portfolio of analysis and operational areas, and that’s been an vital space of focus in Stephen’s profession. We’re thrilled he’s coming to ORNL.”

Streiffer earned his PhD in supplies science and engineering from Stanford College and a bachelor’s in supplies science from Rice College. He’s a fellow of the American Bodily Society and a member of the Supplies Analysis Society and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

“I stay up for attending to work at Oak Ridge,” Streiffer mentioned. “Via my roles with Workplace of Science applications and person services, I’ve collaborated with ORNL and its extraordinarily proficient employees for a few years. It’s a fantastic honor to be chosen as lab director and to affix the staff, and I’m dedicated to persevering with the transformative position Oak Ridge has performed in our nation’s scientific enterprise for nearly 80 years.”

Randy Boyd, president of the College of Tennessee System and vice chair of the UT-Battelle Board of Governors, praised Streiffer’s appointment: “UT is proud to companion with Battelle to handle what we imagine is the most effective science laboratory within the nation, if not the world. One in all our most vital duties is to pick and rent the most effective management potential to guide the hundreds of sensible those that make the lab so profitable. We imagine we have now achieved that in hiring Stephen Streiffer. He has the expertise, the vitality, and the imaginative and prescient to guide the lab to even higher heights.”

UT-Battelle, a partnership of the College of Tennessee and Battelle Memorial Institute, operates ORNL for DOE’s Workplace of Science.