Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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Mason Named Director of Spallation Neutron Source Project

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 22, 2001 — Dr. Thom Mason has been named to lead the construction of the $1.4 billion Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Mason's selection was announced today by Bill Madia, Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The SNS is the world's largest civilian research project. When completed in 2006, the SNS will become the world's center for research for making a variety of materials stronger, lighter and cheaper.

"Over the last eight weeks, I have conducted an extensive international search and interviewed numerous highly qualified candidates to lead the SNS project. Among these candidates, Thom brings an unparalleled combination of scientific skills and direct project experience," Madia said.

Madia added that during his search for the SNS director he found that Mason enjoys the respect of the scientific community, the SNS staff, and the leadership of the Department of Energy.

Mason has worked for the SNS project since 1998 as Director of the project's Experimental Facilities Division. His responsibilities included management of more than $250 million of the project's technical components, research development, and pre-operation portions as well as planning for approximately $150 million of the project's conventional facilities.

Mason has been recognized for his key role in keeping the SNS project on time and on budget. Jim Decker, Acting Director of Science for the Department of Energy, said, "Thom is a superb choice to lead the SNS. He has demonstrated sound management of target and instrument systems. His management skills combine with his focus on the facility's scientific output to ensure strong and continued support by the international community."