LBNF/DUNE-US welcomes Kurt Vetter as project manager

Kurt Vetter, new project manager for LBNF/DUNE-US. Photo: Kurt Vetter

The LBNF/DUNE-US project is delighted to welcome Kurt Vetter as project manager, to succeed Elaine McCluskey, who retired in February. He will join the project on April 4.

Vetter comes to the project from his most recent role as deputy project manager for US ITER at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he has been leading the baselining / rebaselining efforts of subprojects in the multi-billion-dollar range. The United States is one of seven partner nations in ITER, an international collaboration working to build a plasma experiment in France that aims to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion power.

In his previous roles for US ITER, Vetter has been responsible for technical and project leadership for scope of $500 million, managing a peak staff of 60 and accruing a strong record of recruitment, retention and promotion of diverse staff. Prior to US ITER, he served as project manager of the LSST Science Raft at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Before that, Vetter led the development of the NSLS-II Electron Beam Position Detector system, achieving CD-4 completion, for which he won an outstanding achievement award from the lab.

His extensive experience in management of large, complex projects, in particular U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science 413.3B projects on the scale of LBNF/DUNE-US, is backed by years of technical experience in RF/microwave plasma heating and diagnostics, radiation detectors and electronics. With master’s degrees in both applied physics and electrical engineering, Vetter is currently pursuing a doctorate related to RF plasma heating systems.

“Kurt’s demonstrated experience on the multi-billion-dollar, international ITER project maps directly onto the requirements necessary for our project manager,” said LBNF/DUNE-US Project Director Chris Mossey. “We are extremely fortunate to have found someone with Kurt’s credentials and are excited to welcome him on board.”