Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division
Office of Basic Energy Sciences
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585-1290
Phone: (301) 903-0448
Fax: (301) 903-0271
Dr. Casassa is the acting Director of the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. He previously served as the Team Lead for Fundamental Interactions; prior to that, he was the program manager for the Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences program. He joined the research staff at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (then the National Bureau of Standards) in 1983 to develop laser-based methods to measure and characterize photophysics and ultrafast energy transfer processes in chemical systems. He later served as leader of the Laser Applications Group in NIST’s Optical Technology Division (1995-1998), charged with developing laser-based measurement techniques to characterize industrially and environmentally important processes. More recently, Dr. Casassa served as the Director of the NIST Program Office (1998-2004), providing the NIST Director with technical, economic, and policy analyses and counsel, and facilitating NIST’s program development and performance assessment.
Dr. Casassa has received numerous honors and awards, including an National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, a NIST/U.S. National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Federal Scientists, and the Samuel Wesley Stratton Award for outstanding scientific achievement at NIST. He is the author of approximately 50 peer-reviewed articles and is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, and Sigma Xi.
Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, 1984
B.S., Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, (summa cum laude) 1978