Doon Gibbs, a physicist and top administrator at Brookhaven National Laboratory, will take over as the facility’s interim director in January while a search continues for a permanent leader, the lab's board announced today.
Gibbs will succeed Sam Aronson, who announced in February he would step down at year’s end after running Brookhaven since 2006. Aronson, a physicist who has worked at the lab for 30 years, plans to return to research.
"While the search is ongoing, we have not yet identified a permanent replacement for Sam," the board said in a statement.
Gibbs joined Brookhaven in 1983 and specializes in studying the atomic structure and properties of materials. He has served as associate lab director for basic energy sciences and is currently deputy director for science and technology.