Fermilab’s people, science, technology showcased last week

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

Newly confirmed Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall visited Fermilab last Thursday afternoon. After meeting with several DOE Early Career Research awardees, she addressed employees and users during an all-hands meeting. During her remarks, she stressed DOE’s support of the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and strengthening and expanding international partnerships.

She visited the superconducting radio-frequency technology test facility at NML, where she learned about our world-leading technology for the next generation of particle accelerators. She then toured the underground NOvA/Minos cavern for a first-hand look at our neutrino experiments, followed by stops at the East and West Remote Operation Centers in Wilson Hall. The deputy secretary remarked that it was great to chat with a group of enthusiastic, international, early-career scientists at Fermilab who are studying particle physics.

Also last week, Fermilab hosted the DOE Technology Transfer Working Group (TTWG). More than 60 technology transfer professionals from across the Department of Energy and its national laboratories and facilities met to share best practices for leveraging taxpayer investments in DOE with the goals of creating new industries, new companies and new jobs.

Ellen D. Williams, senior advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Energy for technology transfer, currently leads the Department of Energy’s newly formed Office of Technology Transitions. During her presentation to the TTWG, Dr. Williams noted that “technology transitions” more accurately reflect the wide variety of technology transfer roles of the laboratories, including the unique role of Fermilab to contribute through our scientific leadership and our unique technology capabilities.

During the two-day meeting, Fermilab had the opportunity to share plans for the Illinois Accelerator Research Center (IARC), and feedback from the DOE’s technology transfer community was very encouraging. Several representatives from other labs expressed an interest in working with Fermilab as we continue to develop IARC’s programs.

This week has once again demonstrated broad enthusiasm for particle physics and the opportunities for applying our accelerator technology.

Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer host a town hall meeting for Fermilab employees and users on Nov. 6. Photo: Reidar Hahn
NOvA co-spokesperson Mark Messier points out features of the new ROC West to Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall. On her visit to Fermilab, Sherwood-Randall also toured the SRF accelerator technology facilities at NML and the NOvA/Minos underground neutrino area. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Ellen Williams, senior advisor to the Office of the Secretary for Technology Transfer, speaks to the DOE Technology Transfer Working Group membership about the new Office of Technology Transitions and “How do we measure success?” on Nov. 5 at Fermilab. Photo: Reidar Hahn