Merminga to join Fermilab as PIP-II Project Director

Lia Merminga

Lia Merminga, presently Associate Laboratory Director for Accelerators at SLAC and Professor at Stanford University, will join the Fermilab Directorate on February 1, 2018. She will assume the role of PIP-II Project Director, after Steve Holmes steps down mid-next year for retirement.

Merminga has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, M.S. degrees in mathematics and physics from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. from University of Athens in Greece. Her career spans serving as Director for Advanced Studies of Accelerators at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Head of the Accelerator Division at TRIUMF, and most recently a Directorate position at SLAC.

Merminga knows Fermilab well, as she performed her thesis work here and recently was the Chair of the Fermilab Accelerator Advisory Committee. She served on the influential P5 Panel that has been a guiding roadmap document for our community, and numerous international advisory committees, such as the Scientific Council at DESY in Germany, the RIKEN Nishina Advisory Council in Japan, the Moore Foundation ACHIP Advisory Board, HEPAP, the STFC Accelerator Strategy Board in the U.K., the Canadian Light Source Machine Advisory Committee, and the Brookhaven Machine Advisory Committee. In addition, she has served on three U.S. National Academies Committees (U.S.-Based Electron Ion Collider Science Assessment, Plasma 2010 and Scientific Assessment of FEL Technology), the 2007 NSAC Long Range Plan Writing Group, the Committee of Visitors for DOE Nuclear Physics and High Energy Physics, the Physical Review Accelerators and Beams Editorial Board, and as Chair of the American Physical Society Division of Physics of Beams. Merminga is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. She brings a wealth of accelerator construction and leadership experience including 25 years of superconducting RF experience to Fermilab’s flagship accelerator project, PIP-II.