From Accelerator Division Head Mike Lindgren: AD’s top five

Mike Lindgren

The Accelerator Division held an all-hands meeting on June 12. Here are the top five messages from the meeting, which included presentations from Mary Convery, Sergei Nagaitsev, Eric McHugh, Cons Gattuso and me.

  1. Safety remains top priority, particularly with shutdown less than one month away. The goal is for everyone to go home in good shape. Lost time injury rate in AD has been very, very good, but we all must remain vigilant. If something doesn’t feel right, speak up. Remember: every employee has stop work authority, and safety always comes before schedule.
  2. Hosting the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and Deep Underground Neutrino Project is a labwide effort. Success of the LBNF/DUNE project is absolutely critical to Fermilab’s future. The beamline, an integral component of the accelerator complex, will require a tremendous amount of work from the division. Outstanding LBNF/DUNE FY18 budget support allows restart for beamline design at Fermilab.
  3. PIP-II is a significant investment in the lab by the Department of Energy. PIP-II will drive Fermilab’s accelerator complex for decades to come, enabling science for LBNF/DUNE and more. AD support is critical and we must be “all in” to make the project a reality.
  4. Modernization planning for the next 10-plus years. DOE has asked Fermilab to develop an accelerator and detector modernization plan that defines what the lab needs to achieve goals between now and 2030. The plan, due by January 2019, will include future staffing and facility needs. Stay tuned for more information this summer.
  5. Everything we are currently doing must shine. I continue to be impressed by the scope of responsibilities we are handling at Fermilab. Our challenge is to plan for and embrace the future, while continuing to successfully manage what’s on our plate today.