Vice President for Research and Professor
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Division of Research, 2133 Lee Building, College Park, MD 20742
Locascio previously worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, rising from a research biomedical engineer to senior leadership positions, including, most recently, Acting Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director for Laboratory Programs, providing leadership and operational guidance for NIST's seven scientific and mission-focused laboratories.
Locascio directed the Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), one of NIST's largest scientific labs, overseeing 1,000 research staff in eight locations around the U.S. and a $175M annual budget. The Material Measurement Laboratory is the Nation’s reference laboratory for the biological, chemical, and materials sciences, and provides research, measurement services and quality assurance tools to address problems of national importance in areas that include precision medicine, data and informatics, biologic and cellular therapeutics, environmental science, and the Materials Genome Initiative.
As MML Director, she recruited top talent, fostered excellence, and built a collegial and collaborative workplace. She implemented strategic partnerships with universities, industry, and other government labs, including a partnership with UMD's Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research at Shady Grove. Prior to that, Locascio served as chief of the Biochemical Sciences Division in the MML.
Locascio’s most recent honors and awards include the 2017 American Chemical Society Earle B. Barnes Award for Leadership in Chemical Research Management, and the 2017 Washington Academy of Sciences Special Award in Scientific Leadership. She has published 115 scientific papers and holds 11 patents in the fields of bioengineering and analytical chemistry. Her honors and awards include the US Department of Commerce Silver Medal, US Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Arthur F. Findeis Award, and the NIST Applied Research Award. She is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).