Michael R Fitzsimmons
Distinguished R&D Staff and Professor of Physics
Prof. Michael Fitzsimmons is a Distinguished R&D staff member at ORNL, having served as a group leader in the Neutron Science Directorate for four years. Fitzsimmons holds a joint faculty appointment (25%) as a Professor of Physics at the University of Tennessee. Fitzsimmons received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and has previously held positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory (staff member), the University of California at San Diego (visiting researcher), the Université H. Poincaré Vandœuvre les Nancy, France (visiting researcher) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (subject matter expert). A part of Fitzsimmons’ research is focused on interface magnetism in planar heterostructures and non-planar mesoscale composites. Fitzsimmons is also active in a project to characterize turbulent flow around objects under conditions of large Reynolds number using neutron beams and cryogenic helium. Fitzsimmons has authored 150+ publications, which have been cited 6000+ times. For more information see: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=5xDFeHsAAAAJ&hl=en.
Fitzsimmons was elected to the Presidential line of the Materials Research Society (MRS) in September 2017. His 3-year term began January 1, 2018. He served as the President of the MRS in 2019. Previously, Fitzsimmons was the Treasurer of the Materials Research Society from 1/2010 to 12/2015.
Fitzsimmons is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Neutron Scattering Society of America.
Fitzsimmons is an avid bicyclist and a nationally ranked triathlete.