Argonne National Laboratory

Kawtar Hafidi

Division Director

Kawtar Hafidi has served as the director of Argonne’s Physics Division since January 2017. Previously, she served as the laboratory’s Associate Chief Scientist for Laboratory-Directed Research & Development (LDRD). As Associate Chief Scientist, she established transparent processes aimed at supporting Argonne’s most important scientific priorities and assuring the greatest possible return on early scientific investment.

From 2013 to 2014, she was detailed to DOE’s Office of Nuclear Physics, where she demonstrated her ability to forge strong relationships within the U.S. physics community while managing a suite of major projects devoted to achieving America’s scientific missions in physics.

Kawtar has 17 years of experience in leading and conducting fundamental research at major accelerator facilities in the United States and Europe. She is the author of more than 140 publications and has given more than 40 invited talks at international conferences, universities and laboratories.