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Dr. Konrad Gelbke

Dr. Konrad Gelbke has been a recognized leader within the international nuclear science community for the past quarter century, helping to build the foundation for the groundbreaking RIA concept and facility. He has over 14 years of experience in managing and directing a complex, highly visible, successful user facility, chairing program advisory committees, and maintaining excellent relations with users groups in the US and overseas. Dr. Gelbke has served as project director or principal investigator for over $200 million in federally funded research, construction, and laboratory operations.

Dr. Gelbke directs the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL)—the nation's foremost accelerator facility for nuclear physics research with rare isotopes. In this position, which carries the equivalent rank of a college dean at MSU, he provides the vision and leadership for NSCL's research and related instructional and public service programs, and serves as the primary NSCL representative and point of contact for NSF, other agencies, and the international nuclear science community.

Dr. Gelbke is responsible for NSCL's $25 million annual budget, and directs and integrates the efforts of 280 employees, including 25 faculty members and approximately 100 students (as of July 2006: 52 graduate; 46 undergraduate). He refocused NSCL's mission in 1992 on rare isotope research, and has since led his staff in establishing NSCL as the best rare isotope research program in the US. In 1997, following years of advocacy in support of the project to NSF, Dr. Gelbke began the development, negotiation, and implementation of the highly cost-effective Coupled Cyclotron Facility (CCF)—an $18 million upgrade project that provides intense beams of radioactive nuclei via fragmentation. The coupled cyclotron project was managed by MSU's Dr. Richard York, the NSCL Associate Director for Accelerators, and was designed and built by NSCL faculty and staff. This upgrade was delivered on schedule and within budget, and has established NSCL as the nation's only laboratory that conducts rare isotope research with heavy ion beams in the pertinent energy range of about 30-160 MeV per nucleon.

Dr. Gelbke has instilled a disciplined conduct of operations culture at NSCL (in recent years managed by Dr. Thomas Glasmacher, NSCL Associate Director for Operations)—the facility consistently meets or exceeds its operational performance metrics.