Founder, President, and Senior Scientist of Niowave in Lansing. Grimm founded Niowave in 2006, and it has grown to be a world industrial leader in superconducting accelerator research. In 2008, the firm qualified as the second U.S. vendor for accelerating cavities for the International Linear Collider. In 2009, Niowave became the first private company in the world to design, fabricate, and test a superconducting electron injector. Niowave has grown to 50 employees, and has received numerous awards, including being named among Michigan’s 50 Companies to Watch in 2008. Prior to founding Niowave, Grimm was a senior physicist and adjunct professor at the Michigan State University (MSU) National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL). In early 2000, he established the Superconducting Radio Frequency group at NSCL and supervised construction of infrastructure to develop, fabricate, and test numerous superconducting cavities. Grimm’s research on superconducting particle accelerators for the Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA) involved the supervision and guidance of 10 staff members and six PhD students. His work on RIA laid the foundation for the $500 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams project that was recently sited at MSU. Prior to his research with MSU, Grimm was a physicist at the Department of Energy’s Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory in Dallas, where he led a team that designed and tested the low-energy booster cavity and studied longitudinal beam dynamics. Prior to that, while working on his doctorate, he was a research assistant in the Coherent Electromagnetic Wave Generation Division of the Plasma Fusion Center of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), studying high-power, high-frequency microwave devices (gyrotrons) for electron cyclotron resonance heating of fusion plasmas. Grimm received his bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Purdue University and his doctorate in applied plasma physics/nuclear engineering from MIT.

WHERE BORN: "Indianapolis."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "In terms of society – Vannevar Bush, the first presidential science adviser who was a proponent of technological advancement and entrepreneurship. Personally, my high school chemistry teacher who hooked me on science and research."

LAST BOOK READ: "Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Determined, creative, obsessed."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "Superconducting particle accelerators are opening new industries from free electron lasers, to radioisotopes for medicine, to next-generation atom smashers."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "‘Space Invaders,’ the old video game."

FAVORITE PLACE: "Summer at Lake Michigan, and in winter, snowboarding in powder."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Sailing, kayaking, snowboarding, and hiking."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Pizza and beer."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "Riding a unicycle."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "For improvements to society and the world by advancing superconducting particle accelerator technology."

At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.