Following a visit to Sanford Underground Research Facility, Lead, South Dakota, where she learned about the LBNF/DUNE project, Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, the new director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, came to Fermilab on Friday, July 8, as part of her two-leg lab tour. During her visit, Berhe received a nearly complete introduction to all that Fermilab offers, highlighted by meeting scientists, engineers, students and interns and seeing the lab’s leading-edge science and research facilities.
Fermilab Director Lia Merminga welcomed Behre to the lab, along with Roger Snyder, acting DOE Fermilab Site Office manager; Juan de Pablo, executive vice president for science, innovation, national laboratories and global initiative, the University of Chicago; and John Mester, executive director of the Universities Research Association.
Then came the campus tour, starting with PIP-II and the Superconducting Radio Frequency and Cryomodule Test Facilities, where a team of researchers presented the accelerator project and Fermilab’s world-leading capabilities in superconducting RF technology and in integrated testing of SRF components. At the time, Behre was also presented with an overview of Fermilab’s immersive ASPIRE Fellowship Program.
Next, scientists provided Behre with overviews and tours of Fermilab’s accelerator technology and R&D capabilities, the High Lumi Accelerator Upgrade Project, the SQMS Center and its role in the national quantum initiative, and the Mu2e program. After a working lunch with the DOE Early Career Award recipients and others representing Fermilab’s equality, diversity and inclusion as well as outreach initiatives, the tour continued with an overview of the Quantum Network.
Visits to the Muon g-2 experiment, high-power targetry experiment for LBNF/DUNE, Short-Baseline Near Detector and PIP-II Cryogenic Plant Building followed. The afternoon rounded out with overviews of Fermilab robotics, microelectronics and AI development, and the CMS Experiment and the LPC Program. Behre’s visit concluded with a discussion about Fermilab infrastructure as well as ongoing projects.
“It was a wonderful visit,” said Merminga. “Dr. Behre received a comprehensive overview of Fermilab’s plans and capabilities, and I was so pleased we showcased what the lab has to offer in terms of science, technology and above all our amazing talent.”