Fermilab user Sandra Biedron awarded IEEE PAST Award

Sandra Biedron

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society recently honored long-time Fermilab user Sandra Biedron from the University of New Mexico with the Particle Accelerator Science and Technology (PAST) Award “for broad impact in accelerator science and technology.”

Biedron’s research with her graduate students collaborating with Fermilab has encompassed facets of high-power electron sources for security and environmental engineering applications; intelligent controls for particle accelerators; low-level radio-frequency control; and modeling of the so-called “magnetic horns” used in the generation of muon and neutrino beams.

A key recent research product of the Fermilab and Biedron collaboration team was an invited paper in 2016, published in IEEE’s Transactions of Nuclear Science, on neural network for modeling and control of particle accelerators. One of her students, Auralee Edelen, another Fermilab user, was first author. Additional research products from Biedron’s collaboration with Fermilab include those published in many accelerator conference proceedings, also highlighting her students as first author in many cases, illuminating her commitment not only to research but also to training next-generation scientists and engineers.

The prestigious IEEE PAST Award goes to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of particle accelerator science and technology. Previous PAST awards have gone to prominent accelerator scientists, including former Fermilab Chief Technology Officer Hasan Padamsee, current Chief Technology Officer Sergey Belomestnykh and deputy head of Fermilab’s Technical Division Anna Grassellino, and Fermilab scientist Kiyomi Seiya. See Biedron and other IEEE PAST Award recipients online. Scroll to “PAST Award” and click on “PAST Recipients.”)

The PAST Awards will be presented at the 2018 International Particle Accelerator Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, in May 2018.