Mike Lindgren

Mike Lindgren Mike Lindgren, chief project officer, wrote this column. In the project office here at Fermilab, there is a lot of focus on preparing for the reviews that mark the critical stages of overall project progress. The review process is involved. Every project goes through five DOE critical-decision steps to assess readiness to progress to the next stage. Director’s readiness reviews usually precede the critical-decision reviews. Mini-reviews and additional once- or twice-yearly DOE progress reviews help move projects forward… More »

Mike Lindgren Last week proved to be intense (and successful!) for project support teams across the lab. Three reviews resulted in completing a cutting-edge technology neutrino project on time and under budget (MicroBooNE), baselining of a new project that will support Fermilab’s science mission for decades to come (Utilities Upgrade Project) and validation of a critical system needed to successfully support projects (Earned Value Management System). The closeout, or CD-4, review of MicroBooNE marked the end of the project and… More »

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Mike Lindgren Mike Lindgren, head of the Particle Physics Division, wrote this column. This will be my final column in Fermilab Today for the Particle Physics Division. On Oct. 1, Patty McBride will become the next PPD head, and Gina Rameika will lead the new Neutrino Division. I will move to serving full-time as chief project officer for the laboratory. The past couple of months have been quite busy with preparations for the new organization, which will improve the already… More »

Mike Lindgren Mike Lindgren, head of the Particle Physics Division, wrote this column. At the end of the summer of 2012, I spent two weeks in northern Minnesota working with people from the University of Minnesota, Argonne National Laboratory and PPD who were busy building the first of 28 sections of the NOvA far detector. Yesterday saw the installation of the last of those sections. In the past 18 months, everyone involved has accomplished an incredible amount of work, safely… More »

Mike Lindgren Mike Lindgren, head of the Particle Physics Division, wrote this column. This week we are in the middle of the annual DOE Science and Technology review. The preparation for this review has given us an opportunity to reflect on important questions about the quality of our science program, how well we are operating the facilities and how well we are serving the needs of our user community. I don’t know anyone who enjoys being reviewed, but preparing for… More »

Mike Lindgren Mike Lindgren, head of the Particle Physics Division, wrote this column. At a lab like ours, we are driven by particle beams delivered to our world-leading experiments 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The past year—going without beams because of upgrades to the Fermilab accelerator complex—has been unusual. Yet PPD employees have been very busy: We’ve helped our colleagues of the Accelerator Division with their work in the tunnels, we’ve worked on the construction of the… More »

Mike Lindgren Mike Lindgren, head of the Particle Physics Division, wrote this column. Last month we celebrated the final chapter in Tevatron operations. Already, as I go through the CDF and DZero buildings I see major changes. PPD technical teams are securing the detectors and preparing the buildings for their next use. At CDF the work inside the building is going at a furious pace to match the construction schedule of the Illinois Accelerator Research Center building, and at DZero… More »

Mike Lindgren Mike Lindgren, head of the Particle Physics Division, wrote this column. Last month we celebrated the final chapter in Tevatron operations. Already, as I go through the CDF and DZero buildings I see major changes. PPD technical teams are securing the detectors and preparing the buildings for their next use. At CDF the work inside the building is going at a furious pace to match the construction schedule of the Illinois Accelerator Research Center building, and at DZero… More »

Mike Lindgren Mike Lindgren, head of the Particle Physics Division, wrote this column. Last month we celebrated the final chapter in Tevatron operations. Already, as I go through the CDF and DZero buildings I see major changes. PPD technical teams are securing the detectors and preparing the buildings for their next use. At CDF the work inside the building is going at a furious pace to match the construction schedule of the Illinois Accelerator Research Center building, and at DZero… More »