A new approach

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

Fermilab’s future is looking bright, following the release of the P5 report, which strongly recommends that the United States pursue a world-leading neutrino physics program hosted at Fermilab. Several additional key projects that Fermilab leads or participates in were also endorsed, including the CMS Phase I and Phase II upgrades, Mu2e, Muon g-2 and experiments to study dark energy, dark matter and the cosmic microwave background.

A new approach to our organization is required if we are to be successful in building all of these projects over the next decade while operating the accelerator complex at ever higher power for the neutrino program. At last week’s all-hands meeting, Fermilab’s new deputy laboratory director, Joe Lykken, was announced, new chief operating officer Timothy Meyer was introduced, and Fermilab’s new organizational structure was unveiled. The new organization aims to fulfill three main goals to ensure our success:

Improving internal communication
Our new organization replaces associate laboratory directors and sectors with chiefs who head offices that focus on a main thrust: accelerators, computing, finance, operations, projects, research or technology. An expanded senior management team will meet frequently to share information and coordinate activities, and the members will be responsible for helping me improve internal communication so that all employees understand the lab’s direction and priorities.

Improving labwide coordination of construction projects
The P5 report has poised Fermilab to carry out a suite of construction projects unprecedented in size and number for an Office of Science laboratory. The newly created position of chief project officer, held by Mike Lindgren, will be accountable for the successful execution of this large suite of projects in tandem with the successful operation of our scientific program.

Emphasizing neutrinos
The creation of a new Neutrino Division, headed by Gina Rameika, provides a visible, organizational home for our short- and long-baseline neutrino program recommended by P5. The Neutrino Division will start small in the early fall and will grow over time as the neutrino program matures.

Other key changes to our organization include the creation of an Office of Campus Strategy & Readiness, to be headed by Randy Ortgiesen and to include the Facilities Engineering Services Section. This new office will be responsible for forward planning for our lab’s aging infrastructure.

I look forward to working with each and every one of you as we explore the exciting scientific opportunities ahead of us.