Three receive distinguished scientist distinction

The Fermilab Distinguished Scientist Promotion Committee, or DSPC, was established in December 2016 by the recommendation of the laboratory’s Scientist III Committee, co-chaired by Fermilab scientist Marcela Carena and Argonne National Laboratory scientist Edward Berger after extensive discussions with scientists at the lab.

In 2017 the DSPC, chaired by University of Oxford Professor Daniela Bortoletto followed closely the guidelines outlined in “Interim Reports”  and “Procedure for Appointment to Distinguished Scientist,” both from the Scientist III Committee. The DSPC recommended three Fermilab scientists, Douglas Glenzinski, Valery Lebedev and Albert Stebbins be awarded the title of Distinguished Scientist.

In 2019 a DSPC committee was formed, chaired by Beate Heinemann from DESY. The DSPC recommended the following three Fermilab scientists be awarded the title of Distinguished Scientist. Letters were requested from 12 reviewers of which at least nine were from outside Fermilab. The letters were requested from leaders in our field around the world and the committee emphasized a “high bar” in the criteria identified by the committee. The DSP committee has also agreed we need to convene this process again in three years, since several scientists will be ready for consideration at that time.

Brenna Flaugher

Brenna Flaugher is recognized for exemplary leadership in experimental astrophysics, including her successful leadership of the international Dark Energy Camera project, which enabled world-leading cosmological results from the Dark Energy Survey.

Flaugher led the construction of the Dark Energy Camera, a 570-megapixel digital imager for the Blanco 4-meter telescope in Chile, from its inception. She combined technical and managerial expertise with scientific vision, playing critical roles in raising funds for, building, managing, and inspiring an international scientific and technical collaboration that spans 25 institutions in 7 countries. The project she led was remarkably successful and has delivered world-leading measurements that are probing cosmology with unprecedented precision. Flaugher has also played major roles in building and leading the successful cosmic research program at Fermilab and has gained an international reputation on the cosmic frontier.

Andreas Kronfeld

Andreas Kronfeld is recognized as a world-renowned leader in lattice QCD calculations that have provided firm theoretical insight into the structure of hadrons, including bound systems of quark pairs, quark masses and mixing angles, and is also recognized for his leadership of the USQCD collaboration and the Exascale Computing Project for Lattice QCD.

Kronfeld developed what is called the “Fermilab method” for treating heavy quarks in lattice QCD. His predictions of D meson properties were confirmed at the FOCUS, CLEO-c, BaBar and Belle experiments, and his prediction of the mass of the Bc meson was confirmed at the CDF experiment. Through his efforts, lattice QCD has become a quantitative, precision tool, and his work has been crucial to the interpretation of many measurements from high-energy-physics experiments. He is also known for theoretical work on the definition of quark masses in quantum field theory.

Lia Merminga

Lia Merminga is recognized for international leadership in particle accelerators based on superconducting radio-frequency technologies, including energy recovery linacs, electron-ion colliders, electron-based radioisotope facilities and the PIP-II Project at Fermilab.

Merminga has made multiple contributions to accelerator science over an extended career at multiple laboratories. During her career at Jefferson Lab, she played a leading role in the development and demonstration of the high-power free electron laser driven by an energy recovery linac, and she led the Center for Advanced Studies of Accelerators during the period in which the CEBAF 12-GeV upgrade was launched and initial concepts for an electron-ion collider were developed. As head of the Accelerator Division at TRIUMF, she led the construction and commissioning of the Advanced Rare Isotope Laboratory, known as ARIEL. Now at Fermilab, Merminga serves as the project director for the PIP-II Project.

Joe Lykken is the Fermilab deputy director for research.