Physicist Kawtar Hafidi has been appointed Associate Laboratory Director, Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.
(News Credit : Argonne National Laboratory)
Hafidi most recently served as the director of Argonne’s Physics division, a role she took in January 2017. During her tenure, Hafidi successfully established Argonne as an isotope producer laboratory by leading an effort between two of the laboratory’s research directorates: PSE and Energy and Global Security. Hafidi also established the Argonne Trace Radioisotope Analysis Center (TRACER), which provides a new, permanent home for the nation’s only laser-based krypton atom-counting machine.
Before leading Argonne’s Physics division, Hafidi was the laboratory’s Associate Chief Scientist for Laboratory-Directed Research & Development.
From 2013 to 2014, she was detailed to DOE’s Office of Nuclear Physics, where she demonstrated her ability to forge strong relationships within the U.S. physics community while managing a suite of major projects devoted to achieving America’s scientific missions in physics. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics from Mohammed V University, and a master’s degree in Nuclear and Particle Physics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from the University of Paris XI.