Fermilab scientist Mike Lindgren has been appointed as head of the laboratory’s Particle Physics Division.
“Mike is an outstanding choice to lead PPD,” said Associate Director for Research Greg Bock. “The division is in very good hands.”
In the letter announcing Lindgren’s appointment, Fermilab Director Pier Oddone said he was “delighted and impressed” with Lindgren’s leadership. Lindgren has held leadership positions within the division during the past few years, including most recently as acting head.
During these years, the division’s accomplishments have included the most successful run of the Tevatron experiments, the completion of the MINERvA construction project and the construction of the Dark Energy Survey experiment.
“The Tevatron experiments, CDF and DZero, have been a major focus of our science mission for the past 25 years,” Lindgren said. “The shift from operating those experiments and completing that science program, while ramping up the LHC and Intensity Frontier efforts, will make for an exciting time for the division and laboratory.”
Lindgren started working as a scientist at the laboratory in June of 2004. He was promoted to CDF department head in May 2005, and then to scientist II in 2006. He served as acting deputy head of the division from August 2008 to September 2009 when Bock was acting head.
“Mike is taking this position at a challenging time. We have more experiments running now than at any time in the recent past,” Bock said. “But Mike is an exceptionally good leader, who is very experienced in experimental physics technology and project management.”
The division has important roles in all three research frontiers, and Lindgren recognizes the challenges ahead.
“Fortunately, we have many tremendously talented and hardworking people who are deeply committed to the laboratory’s success and the science we do,” Lindgren said. “It will be a privilege to work for them and the laboratory in this role.”
— Rhianna Wisniewski