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Schwartz named director of U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory

Contacts:                                                              For Release: April 17, 2014
Jonathan Wickert, senior vice president and provost, (515) 294-6410
Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720
Steve Karsjen, Ames Laboratory, (515) 294-5643


ImageAdam Schwartz has been named director of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Ames Laboratory operated by Iowa State University.

Schwartz currently serves as division leader of the Condensed Matter and Materials Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and also coordinates LLNL’s projects for the Critical Materials Institute, a $120 million DOE Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory. He will begin his duties in Ames on June 2, 2014.

"Ames is a world-class institution known for its work in materials science, computational chemistry and condensed matter theory, and Adam will certainly maintain the high caliber of research," said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.  "He will guide Ames Lab as it confronts new challenges in science and technology in service to our nation." 

"Iowa State is honored to operate the Ames Lab on behalf of the Department of Energy, and the partnership between the university and Lab is important to the entire nation," said President Steven Leath. "Dr. Schwartz's outstanding scientific credentials, leadership skills, and vision will be tremendous assets in moving the Lab forward."

Schwartz is an accomplished researcher whose work has focused on plutonium aging and alloys, advanced characterization, and the dynamic properties of materials. In addition to serving as director of the Ames Laboratory, he will also hold the rank of tenured professor in Iowa State's Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

"The Ames Lab is a world leader in materials science, with an exceptional reputation, and with great momentum," Schwartz said. "I look forward to working with the Lab's scientists and operations staff to develop new materials and technologies that address America's energy challenges."

Schwartz earned bachelor's and master's degrees in metallurgical engineering, and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, all from the University of Pittsburgh. He joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a postdoctoral research associate in 1991.

In making the announcement, Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert expressed thanks to interim director Tom Lograsso for his leadership of the Lab, as well as the search committee for their thoughtful evaluation of candidates.

The Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory operated by Iowa State University for DOE's Office of Science. The Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global problems.

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Adam Schwartz shares his vision for Ames Laboratory during his public forum as a candidate for the director position.