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Thomas F. Kelly, PhD, is Founder, President and CEO of Steam Instruments, Inc. Steam Instruments began operations in September 2018 to develop a high-spatial-resolution imaging mass spectrometer for biological applications and associated detector technology.
He was a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 18 years prior to founding Imago Scientific Instruments in 1999 to commercialize the Local Electrode Atom Probe, or LEAP. Tom was also Director of the Materials Science Center at the UW from 1992 to 1999. He has been active in the fields of analytical electron microscopy, atom probe microscopy, rapidly solidified materials, and electronic and superconducting materials since 1977. He has published over 250 papers and 18 patents in these fields in that time. Tom has driven innovation in instrumentation for atom probe tomography over the past two decades. He continues to pursue microscopy innovations such as atomic-scale analytical tomography by developing new detector technologies and combining atom probe tomography with electron microscopy in a single instrument.
Tom was a member of the Executive Council of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA) from 2000 to 2002 and the International Steering Committee of the International Field Emission Society (IFES) from 2002 to 2008. He was President of IFES from 2006 to 2008. From 2010 to 2014, Tom served on the Council of the Microanalysis Society (MAS) and in 2012 was elected President to serve from August 2014 to August 2016. He was an editor of Microscopy and Microanalysis from 2010 to 2015. He has served as the inaugural chair of the Microscopy Today Innovation Awards Committee for MSA since 2010. He currently chairs the Fellows Committee of MAS. Tom is a fellow of the MSA, MAS, IFES and the Korean Society for Microscopy. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2021.