Lograsso named interim Deputy Director

Thomas Lograsso has been named Interim Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory.  The appointment is for one year.

Lograsso replaces Bruce Harmon, who stepped down from the position of Ames Laboratory Deputy Director on September 1 to return to research and teaching at Ames Lab and Iowa State University.  Harmon had been the Deputy Director for 17 years.

ImageLograsso will serve as Interim Deputy Director while the Laboratory evaluates its senior leadership structure.  Lograsso will add the duties to his current position as Director of the Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering at the Ames Laboratory, a position he’s held since 2010.  Lograsso has been a research scientist at the Ames Laboratory since 1988. 

“Tom has a long and distinguished record of service to the Ames Laboratory, including the leadership of its largest and most complex scientific division, and I am very pleased that he has agreed to serve as our Deputy Director during a period that has great potential for changing the Lab,” said Ames Laboratory Director Alex King.   “His familiarity with the Lab's operations will be immensely valuable, and his understanding of the Lab's scientific programs will make him a strong spokesman for our scientific agenda.”

Lograsso’s research interests include solid-liquid phase equilibria, solid-solid phase interactions, quasicrystalline alloys, kinetics of phase transitions, and synthesis of single crystals of intermetallics, magneto-responsive alloys and compounds.   Lograsso received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. 

“I am honored and excited to serve the Ames Laboratory in this position as it begins the search for a new Deputy Director.” Lograsso said.