Haiyan Gao, currently the Henry W. Newson Distinguished Professor of Physics at Duke University, will join the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory as associate laboratory director for Nuclear & Particle Physics starting on or about June 1, 2021.
Details: Gao, who has a long history in nuclear physics, will help develop BNL’s collective long-term vision for the next 10 years. She’ll also work across the laboratory and beyond to craft its emerging expertise at the future Electron-Ion Collider, a one-of-kind nuclear physics research facility that will be built at the lab over the next decade.
Background: Gao earned her Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1994. Since then, she has held a number of positions within the field, including assistant physicist at Argonne National Laboratory and assistant and associate professor of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was elected an American Physical Society fellow in 2007 and won the DOE’s Outstanding Junior Investigator Award in 2000.