Learning the lay of the lab

Joe Lykken

When I first arrived at Fermilab as a wide-eyed, wet-eared associate scientist 25 years ago, my experience was mostly limited to working on the more mathematical end of particle physics. Over time, mostly from chatting with other Fermilab scientists, I started to gain an appreciation for the challenges and excitement of working on experiments. This led me to get involved with Tevatron physics and eventually to join the CMS collaboration two years before the turn-on of the Large Hadron Collider.

Every time one of my neighbors asks me about what’s up at “Fermi,” I feel proud to be to be part of one of the world’s great scientific laboratories. As I start in my new role as deputy director, the science prospects for Fermilab have never been more exciting. The P5 report has given U.S. high-energy physics a big boost, and I am confident that at Fermilab we will do our part to move ahead.

Just last week, the Mu2e project passed the important DOE milestone called CD-3a, allowing us to move forward with long-lead procurement for the experiment. This achievement reflects excellent work by the Mu2e project team and many others at Fermilab.

Of course a laboratory is made great not by a bunch of buildings and equipment, but rather by people. In our case, we are about 1,800 employees and another 4,000 people who use Fermilab’s experiments, computers and expertise, working together to do amazing science. Many of you are already old friends, but I look forward to getting to know everyone and learning from you how this lab really works and how to make it even better. My phone extension is 8422 and my email is lykken@fnal.gov. Don’t be shy.