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A prominent University of Chicago physicist, Isaacs was appointed Director of Argonne National Laboratory in May 2009. Since its inception, Argonne, a U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory, has been managed by the University of Chicago. Isaacs is also a professor of physics in the University of Chicago’s James Franck Institute.
Before becoming Argonne Director, Isaacs served as Argonne’s deputy laboratory director for programs, with responsibility for leading the laboratory’s strategic planning process and overseeing the laboratory-directed research and development program as well as its educational programs.
Earlier, Isaacs distinguished himself as director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne. During his 13-year tenure at Bell Laboratories, he was a member of the technical staff, director of the Materials Physics Research Department, and director of the Semiconductor Physics Department.
Isaacs received a Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988 in the area of magnetic semiconductors and was a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Laboratories (1988-1990), studying magnetism and correlated electronic systems, mostly with synchrotron-based X-ray techniques.
Isaacs is a fellow of the American Physical Society and served on a number of national scientific advisory committees, including the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee. He is author or co-author of more than 140 scientific papers and presentations.
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