Thom Mason, director of the Energy Department‘s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will step down from his positionÂ by July 1 after 10 years on the job to becomeÂ senior vice president for laboratory operations at nonprofit research and development companyÂ Battelle.
He will helpÂ governÂ each Battelle-managed laboratory, engage key sponsors, contribute to capture management and lead strategic planning for the organization’s lab operations in his new role,Â ORNL said Friday.
AÂ joint venture of BattelleÂ and University of Tennessee currently manages the science and energy laboratory for DOE.
“Thom has been an exemplary scientific leader and we’re fortunate that he will continue to be engaged with Oak Ridge National Laboratory as he uses his experience and expertise to benefit DOE, Battelle and other labs where Battelle has a management role,” said Joe DiPietro, chairman of the board of governors of theÂ UT-BattelleÂ JV.
As director, Mason oversees ORNL’sÂ R&D portfolio that spans fundamental research in physics, biology and chemistry; climate change; energy generation, distribution, and end use; and national security programs.
HeÂ is an experimental condensed matter physicist who joined ORNL in 1998 as director of the Spallation Neutron Source facility’s experimental facilities division and later served as associate laboratory director for SNS and the neutron sciences directorate.
Mason also held the roles ofÂ senior scientist at the Denmark-based Riso National Laboratory andÂ assistant and associate professor of physics at the University of Toronto in Canada.