Top Department of Energy Scientist Visits MSU Research Labs
October 15, 2010
William Brinkman, director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, visited Michigan State University Oct. 14, meeting with university officials and researchers who oversee DOE-funded research projects worth more than $600 million.
Brinkman (on left in the photo at left), formerly a senior research physicist in the Department of Physics at Princeton University, visited the Energy and Automotive Research Laboratories, the MSU Energy Frontier Research Center, the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory/Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, and MSU’s Plant Research Laboratory.
The visit provided an opportunity for Brinkman to tour some of the Office of Science’s grants in operation, and discuss the status of several DOE investments, including the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, the MSU Energy Frontier Research Center and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.
“Michigan State University is a national leader in research funded by the Department of Energy,” said Ian Gray, MSU’s vice president for research and graduate studies. “We are pleased to host Dr. Brinkman and brief him on the outstanding work of our faculty and researchers.”
The DOE Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, providing more than 40 percent of total funding in this vital area. It is the principal federal funding agency for the nation’s research of high-energy physics, nuclear physics and fusion energy sciences, as well as a variety of energy-related projects.
In photo above, left: William Brinkman (left), director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, walks with Harold Schock, MSU professor of mechanical engineering and director of MSU’s Energy and Automotive Research Laboratories.
In photo above, right: Tonghun Lee (left), assistant professor of mechanical engineering and of chemical engineering and materials science, explains his research to William Brinkman, director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Visible in background is David J. Dean, senior advisor, Office of the Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy.