McQueeney named Neutron Sciences deputy director at ORNL

ImageAmes Laboratory physicist Rob McQueeney has been selected as the new Deputy Director for the Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, effective Oct. 1, 2013. In his new capacity, McQueeney will develop and direct the scientific user and instrument and neutron source operational programs at the Spallation Neutron Source and the High Flux Isotope Reactor, and will act as a principal driver of the strategic vision for these facilities.

Since 2008, McQueeney has served as Group Leader of the neutron and X-ray scattering program at the Ames Laboratory. In 2011, he was selected for an assignment at the Department of Energy, Scientific User Facilities Division, in the X-ray and Neutron Scattering Facilities Program.

"Rob’s efforts have certainly enhanced our science, reputation, and the external perception of Ames Laboratory in scattering sciences," says Duane Johnson, Ames Laboratory Chief Research Officer. "Fortunately, Rob will maintain his connection to Ames Laboratory, and, in his new position, he will certainly continue to impact science and training of young scientists here and elsewhere. We are sad to see him go, but wish him great success in his new endeavors! We look forward to our continued interactions. 

McQueeney joined Iowa State University in 2003 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and an Assistant Scientist at the Ames Laboratory, culminating in promotion to full Professor in 2012. During his tenure at Iowa State and the Ames Laboratory, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2010) and received the Iowa State University Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research (2011).

Before coming to Ames, he held positions as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Technical Staff Member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he received the National Nuclear Security Administration Award for Excellence in Research in 2003.