Any institution has recognizable landmarks. But it’s not the bricks and mortar that define the place. People are necessary to give it character, reputation and unique qualities – in other words, a face.  An organization requires people quite literally as its life blood.

The Ames Laboratory is no exception.  The Lab’s character and reputation rely on the intellectual power of its researchers’ minds to drive the engine of discovery. And while there are requisite staff who are vital to help keep that engine finely tuned and humming, the Lab exists because of the knowledge, expertise and curiosity of its researchers.

So how do you put a face on the Ames Laboratory?  That’s a tough call, given the wide range of fields of study, personalities, backgrounds, ages and interests to be found among its researchers. But despite their differences, they all possess a keen interest in what they do and work hard to solve the unanswered questions in front of them.

While it’s not possible to share the stories of all of the Lab’s 250 some scientists
and engineers, here’s
  a closer look at just
             a few of the
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Emily Smith
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Aaron Bryden
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Javier Vela
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Ryan Ott
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Rob McQueeney
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Karl Gschneidner Jr.
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Ning Fang
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Tanya Prozorov
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John Corrbett