In 1985, Eileen Berman began what would turn out to be a decades-long career in computing for the country’s premier laboratory for particle physics. Thirty-three years later, she will retire. Her last day is Jan. 31.
One of her first major projects was helping build the data acquisition systems for the lab’s fixed-target experiments. She also served as liaison to a number of those experiments.
She then moved into the astrophysics programs, working on the offline data processing framework for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and computing for the Pierre Auger experiment.
Berman has been a vital part of the laboratory’s computing storage and grid efforts. A diligent member of the development team for the lab’s Enstore/dCache mass storage system, she became group leader for the storage and grid team and, later, department head for the grid team.
Her leadership roles continued. She served for a year as Fermilab incident manager. Then, in 2010, she joined the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment as the collaboration’s computing coordinator, which transitioned into a role as the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility computing coordinator and head of the Collaborative Tools Group for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.
“Eileen has been a key part of the LBNF and DUNE teams, particularly as our needs have evolved over the last nine years,” said LBNF Project Manager Elaine McCluskey. “Her unique set of skills and Fermilab relationships have been extremely valuable to getting the project into design and start of construction, enabling our international team to communicate and share information seamlessly.”
Berman later joined the Core Computing Division as head of the Desktop Engineering Group and Authentication Team, where she led the Managed Print project.
In 2016, she moved to the Scientific Computing Division, where she has been the project manager for the HEPCloud project.
“When I first came to Fermilab, I thought maybe I would stay here five years or so,” Berman said. “Thirty-three years later I am so happy for the wide variety of work across lab computing that I have been able to do and the people across the lab I have been able to work with and get to know.”
During retirement, she plans to relax, garden, volunteer in the community and travel. A member of the Fermilab Photography Club, she also plans to do more photography, as well as “leave time for the unexpected.”
“Her smile and friendly manner will be missed, and we wish her all the best as she enjoys her retirement,” McCluskey said.
Say farewell to Berman at a buffet-style luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverview Banquets. RSVP to Mary-Ellyn McCollum by Tuesday, Jan. 29. Cost is $25, and payment may be made by Friday, Feb. 1.