Michael Thoennessen, a researcher and member of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), has achieved worldwide renown for his pioneering work in the field of experimental nuclear physics, in particular the area of exotic nuclei. His group constructed two cutting-edge research instruments at the NSCL, the Superconducting Sweeper Magnet in collaboration with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the Modular Neutron Array involving many undergraduate institutions. The Modular Neutron Array, funded by the National Science Foundation, serves as a model for collaboration between research universities and undergraduate institutions. He has given about 100 invited presentations and has published more than 100 scientific journal articles. In addition, he has written review articles and edited proceedings of international conferences.
"I give a lot of credit for this award to my colleagues at the NSCL. They created a stimulating and invigorating environment where striving for excellence in teaching and research seemed natural and easy."
(reproduced from MSU University Relations public release)