Beginnings

Nigel Lockyer

It is a privilege to be here on my first day as director of this great laboratory. My philosophy as I start my tenure is to develop and build on the platform of opportunities that you have constructed. This laboratory boasts tremendous talent, and there is a very rich menu of possibilities for us to apply our strengths to solve big scientific questions.

Over the summer I have spoken to many different people and have heard overwhelming enthusiasm for the future of Fermilab and for the future of particle physics. There are great questions to be answered and new accelerator, detector and data analysis techniques needed to address them. The physics community will be debating the priorities of these questions and initiatives as part of the P5 process, and I am anxious to hear your views.

I thank those of you who have already reached out to share your opinions and to offer words of support. I look forward to talking to many more of you in this week’s series of meetings. And I hope the conversation won’t stop there. Don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail, give me a call or stop by to see me in my office or in the cafeteria to share your thoughts.

Many have asked about my vision for Fermilab. Initially I will focus on anchoring the laboratory with a diverse experimental program that leads the world in its ability to answer at least one of the major particle physics questions. We must make the best use of our world-class accelerator complex while continuing to contribute critical expertise to global projects. And we must always be on the lookout for new opportunities, whether revealed by discoveries from the LHC’s next run or from the worldwide searches for dark-matter particles.

Accelerator stewardship—working to develop accelerator breakthroughs for science and, with our partners, translate them into applications for society—will be another early priority. Partnerships will be essential: with our international colleagues; with DOE and our sister national labs; with universities; and with industry. Excellence in management and operations will be critical to success in all areas.

I wish to send special thanks to Pier Oddone and Young-Kee Kim for working hard for many years to set the stage for the lab’s next era and to Jack Anderson for running the laboratory so ably since July.

I look forward to working with the FRA and Fermilab team—employees, users, our colleagues around the world, DOE, the University of Chicago and URA—to guide Fermilab on the road to discovery.