Below the iconic corrugated steel roof of the Fermilab Test Beam Facility (FTBF), hundreds of researchers come and go, testing their detectors on one of the two test beams. Many hands are needed to keep this facility running smoothly, and Mandy Rominsky will play an essential role as its new manager.
The FTBF is unique, being the only one in the United States that allows scientists from all over the world to come test their detectors with high-energy hadron beams. It is a facility that never sleeps, and some experiments run for 24 hours, seven days a week. One such experiment is LArIAT, a liquid-argon time projection chamber experiment that is currently taking beam for 24 hours a day.
Rominsky was first introduced to the test beam facility while she was a postdoc working on the Muon g-2 experiment at Fermilab. Now, as manager of the facility, she hopes to improve infrastructure to give users more handles and flexibility with the necessary instrumentation.
“The idea is that when users come in to test their equipment, the facility is running like a well-oiled machine,” Rominsky explained. “So if they come in with a tracker, we have a calorimeter they can integrate with or vice versa.”
Rominsky is replacing Aria Soha, who will be continuing her role as the leader of the Intensity frontier and Test Beams Detector Operations Group, where she will focus on Muon g-2 as the installation and integration manager.
“Mandy is a long-awaited, highly anticipated addition to the group,” Soha said. “She’s taken on the management of the facility with expertise and is already steering us toward a brighter future.”