The new faces of the Particle Physics Division

Patricia McBride

Patricia McBride, head of the Particle Physics Division, wrote this column.

The Particle Physics Division has undergone a number of changes over the past few months. Last fall, scientists working on neutrino experiments and technical staff working on the neutrino program and projects moved to start the new Neutrino Division, which started up in October.

Around the same time, I joined PPD as division head, and Eric James became associate division head for engineering and support. During the transition period, Eric led a team of scientists and engineers to evaluate and deploy the new PPD organization. Bob Tschirhart joined the team as the deputy division head in November. The excellent team in the PPD office welcomed the new members, and together the whole team worked to manage the transition to the new PPD with enthusiasm — and lots of patience.

The CMS Center and the Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics have joined the division. To better highlight their activities, we revamped some of the departments in the division. Kevin Burkett is the head of the new combined CMS Department, and Brenna Flaugher is working with Craig Hogan and Dan Bauer to direct the Astrophysics Department and the Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics.

These changes only strengthen PPD’s already rich and diverse scientific program, and the division will work with the rest of Fermilab and the high-energy physics community to ensure the success our programs. Among them are the Muon g-2 project, Mu2e project, the U.S. CMS upgrade projects and the U.S. CMS operations program. In addition, we are supporting experiments and operations at the cosmic frontier. The new Particle Physics Initiatives Department coordinates a vibrant R&D program that serves both near-term projects and the long-term future. Our Theory Department continues its program of excellence.

We expect many great science results from the PPD research program in coming years.