- R&D 100 Awards
Thomas E. Mason (B.S. in physics, Dalhousie University; Ph.D. in condensed matter sciences, McMaster University) is director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Thom joined ORNL in 1998 as Scientific Director for the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) project. He was named Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for SNS in 2001 and ALD for Neutron Sciences in 2006.
Before joining ORNL, Thom was a faculty member in the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto. From 1992 to 1993, he was a Senior Scientist at Risø National Laboratory. He held a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) postdoctoral fellowship at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1990 until 1992.
Thom’s research background is in the application of neutron scattering techniques to novel magnetic materials and superconductors using a variety of facilities in North America and Europe. As Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest science and technology laboratory he has an interest in advancing materials, neutron, nuclear, and computational science to drive innovation and technical solutions relevant to energy and global security. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, and the Neutron Scattering Society of America.