SRC Appoints New Scientific Director
October 1, 2010
The University of Wisconsin—Madison Synchrotron Radiation Center today announced the appointment of Dr. Tai-Chang Chiang as Scientific Director. Dr. Chiang is a professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a long-time researcher and principal investigator conducting research using the Aladdin storage ring at SRC.
“I am very pleased and honored to become a member of the SRC family on a guest appointment,” says Chiang. “I am a strong believer of the outstanding value of SRC as a user facility that has served the scientific community well with a great track record.”
Chiang takes over the research development reigns at SRC at an exciting time. The facility just received news from the Department of Energy of a $4.5-million award for the research and development of a “superconducting electron source” for the next generation of light sources, known as free electron lasers. SRC also has submitted to NSF proposals for extended operations of the Aladdin ring and for a comprehensive research and development project for free electron lasers.
“SRC is undergoing a transformation; it is an exciting time for me to get involved in this process,” observes Chiang.
“With Tai’s deep knowledge of the research that can be enabled with electron beam light sources, he will ensure that the paths we take to the future will produce the most transforming and valuable science for the nation,” adds Joe Bisognano, Director of SRC.