Lisa DeBeer-Schmitt is a neutron scattering scientist at the High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She attended Georgia Southern University, obtaining a B.S. in Physics, and the University of Notre Dame, where she received her Ph.D. studying the flux-line lattices in unconventional superconductors under her advisor, Morten Eskildsen. After graduation, she spent two years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Post-doctoral fellow on GP-SANS beam line. During this time her research centered primarily on supporting and building the magnetism community in small-angle neutron scattering. She was hired as staff in 2011 and has served in various roles, including team lead for sample environment, member of the SEQUOIA team, and presently as instrument scientist and point-of-contact for the GP-SANS instrument.
Her current research aims to probing long-range magnetic order in materials with rich magnetic phase diagrams and structural ordering in other systems with large scale spacings in one or more dimensions using SANS and related techniques. Her service to the scientific community includes being on an organizing committee for GMAG focus sessions at the 2021 APS March meeting and serving on editorial boards for Frontiers in Physics: Condensed Matter and IEEE Magnetic Letters. She has also served as a member at large for the Women in Neutron Sciences (WiNS) committee at ORNL and has been a contributor to the ORNL/Argonne Neutron Xray school for 5 years. She is the current Communication Secretary for the Neutron Scattering Society of America.