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New leader chosen for Argonne National Laboratory

Dean E. Eastman, a world-renowned expert on the electronic properties of materials and spectroscopy and vice president of technical strategy and development reengineering, IBM Server Group, has been named director of Argonne National Laboratory, effective July 15.

MEETING THE NEW BOSS – New Argonne Director Dean Eastman (right) gets a briefing on one of Argonne's research facilities by Frank Fradin (left), associate laboratory director for physical research, and Bruce Brown, director of Argonne's Intense Pulsed Neutron Source. (Click here to download a 300 dpi resolution, 1.3 megabyte photo of Eastman.)

The announcement was made today by Hugo F. Sonnenschein, president of the University of Chicago, on the recommendation of the Argonne Board of Governors. It comes at a time when the laboratory is celebrating 50 years of scientific and technological achievement as the nation’s first multipurpose national laboratory. The university manages the laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Eastman has played key roles in science and technology at IBM for the 33 years he has spent with the company. Prior to his current position, he also served as IBM director of hardware development reengineering at IBM’s corporate headquarters and as vice president of systems technology and science at IBM’s research division.

“I have great confidence that Dean Eastman will continue Argonne’s remarkable contributions to American technology and development,” U.S. Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary said. “He brings great management ability in addition to his enormous accomplishments as a scientist.”

“This is a great day for the lab and an excellent conclusion to a national search,” said Sonnenschein. “Dean Eastman will bring outstanding leadership to the laboratory. He will contribute to a productive partnership of the lab, the Department of Energy and the university. It is a partnership committed to operating the laboratory at the forefront of science and technology and in service to our nation. I am delighted with the board’s recommendation and that Dean has accepted.”

“IBM’s loss is America’s gain,” said Nick Donofrio, IBM senior vice president and group executive, IBM Server Group. “Dean has been a technical leader throughout his career, and this new assignment will give him a chance to apply that leadership to a broad range of national issues. We are proud of him, and wish him all the best.”

Eastman has conducted important research in the field of condensed matter physics, surface science, and photoelectron spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation. He has been involved in many national science and engineering policy and advisory activities during his IBM career.

Eastman, 56, received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also served as a visiting professor during 1972-73. The author or co-author of 180 publications and holder of three patents, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was made an IBM Fellow in 1974 and received the Oliver E. Buckley Prize in 1980.

Eastman led IBM’s worldwide hardware development reengineering efforts in recent years to transform the hardware business units, helping to make them again highly competitive with growing revenue and profit.

He succeeds Alan Schriesheim, who announced in November that he intended to step down on July 1 after 12 years as Argonne director. At the time of that announcement, Sonnenschein said, “Alan Schriesheim has been an extraordinary director and has served the laboratory, the university and the nation with distinction.”

Schriesheim, Argonne’s longest-serving director, said he is “pleased that a man of Dean Eastman’s caliber will lead the laboratory into the next century.”

With an annual research budget of about a half-billion dollars, Argonne employs nearly 5,000 people at its 1,700-acre site 30 miles southwest of Chicago and at Argonne-West in Idaho. It is one of nine Department of Energy multi-program national laboratories and the only one in the Midwest.

The laboratory in recent years expanded its programs in superconductivity, biology, environmental science and technology, and on May 1 dedicated the Advanced Photon Source (APS), the nation’s most powerful source of X-rays. The APS will be the site of scores of cutting-edge laboratory facilities for the physical sciences, life sciences, and energy and environmental sciences and engineering programs.

Argonne was born of Enrico Fermi’s experiment at the University of Chicago on Dec. 2, 1942, which achieved the world’s first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction and ushered in the nuclear age. In February 1943, CP-1, the reactor used in the experiment, was dismantled and reassembled in the Palos Hills Forest Preserve, 30 miles southwest of Chicago in an area known as Argonne Forest.

On July 1, 1946, the laboratory was formally chartered as Argonne National Laboratory to study peaceful, rather than military, uses of atomic power. The laboratory’s mission was to conduct basic research in medicine and biology, physics, reactor analysis, applied mathematics and nuclear energy. Over the years, many historically significant experiments have been conducted by Argonne scientists, including the first electricity generated by atomic energy. Scientists and engineers from universities, industry and government labs use the extensive scientific facilities at Argonne.
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