On Feb. 23, 1981, Ron LeBeau started work at Fermilab as a level-1 technician in the Accelerator Division. Thirty-nine years later, he is retiring as a senior engineering associate. His last day is March 30.
“I have spent most of my career here at Fermilab and feel fortunate to have worked with so many talented and wonderful colleagues over the years,” LeBeau said. “I am truly grateful that I had the unique opportunity to contribute to Fermilab’s mission.”
He has supported the lab’s mission in numerous ways, having contributed to nearly every part of the Fermilab accelerator chain. He helped rebuild and maintain the radio-frequency accelerator cavities in the Booster and Main Ring. He also contributed much of his time and energy to the Tevatron collider, helping install the Energy Doubler and Tevatron; construct and install the Tevatron radio-frequency cavities; and install the CZero and DZero overpasses.
LeBeau also worked on the teams that built the side-coupled RF cavities for the Linac Upgrade; designed, built and installed devices for the AP-0 target hall; and designed and built the 53-MHz RF cavities for the Main Injector.
More recently, LeBeau has been active the Fermilab muon program. Between 2016 and 2018, he designed the Muon g-2 beamline vacuum system. Then he moved on the to the Mu2e and MTA beamline vacuum systems. And since 2016, he has been the machine engineer for the Proton Source, Linac and Booster.
“Ron has been an invaluable resource in bringing the AP-0 target station back into operation as a particle source for the Muon g-2 experiment,” said Bob Zwaska, head of the Accelerator Division Target Systems Department. “His deep background was needed several times to troubleshoot lenses, targets and support systems. He was also generous enough to share his knowledge with the next generation to ensure continued running.”
His colleagues recognize LeBeau both for his strong expertise in accelerator systems and for how well he works as a member of a team.
“Ron’s career development is reflective of his strong technical skills and ability to work with a variety of personalities,” said Mayling Wong-Squires, head of the Accelerator Division Mechanical Support Department. “He is willing to take on complex projects that make the most of his vacuum, fabrication, and mechanical engineering skills in order to maintain accelerator operations and build new systems. We will miss his pragmatic and calm presence.”
During retirement, LeBeau plans to spend more quality time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He’ll also enjoy fishing at his lake house, boating, tinkering with his toys and, of course, relaxing.
“My time here has filled me with a sense of purpose, belonging and pride that none other could offer,” LeBeau said. “The lab will always have a special place in my heart. I would like to wish all my friends in the Mechanical Support, Proton Source, Target Systems and Muon Departments the best of success.”