DOE recognizes Eric Prebys for his LARP service

Mike Procario of the DOE Office of Science presents Eric Prebys an award of appreciation for his service as the program director of the LHC Accelerator Research Program. Photo: Reidar Hahn

For five years, Fermilab scientist Eric Prebys served as program director of the LHC Accelerator Research Program, or LARP. On Aug. 27, DOE Office of Science’s Mike Procario presented Prebys with an award of appreciation for his LARP service.

As part of the U.S. involvement with CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, LARP coordinates the activities of U.S. labs involved with the LHC accelerator. LARP began in 2003 and consists primarily of Berkeley Lab, Brookhaven Lab, Fermilab and SLAC.

As program director, Prebys led the major R&D portion of the program, which culminated in a proposal for U.S. deliverables to the LHC high-luminosity upgrade, currently scheduled for 2022.

Prebys recently stepped down from the role, and Technical Division Head Giorgio Apollinari succeeds him.