Fermilab welcomes new head of communication

Rae Moss, senior director of the Fermilab communication division. Photo: Ryan Postel, Fermilab

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is pleased to announce that Rae Moss will serve as the senior director of the lab’s communication division. She began her role on Oct. 2, coming from Idaho National Lab, where she was the director of communications and external affairs and, most recently, the head of Pacific Northwest external engagement.

“It is an exciting time at Fermilab with the expansion of new facilities and the research that is advancing high energy physics,” said Moss. “I am excited to move the mission of the lab ahead with dynamic communications and stories telling the public about the exciting work being done here.”

In her role as Fermilab’s senior director of communication, Moss will oversee external, internal and digital communications, focusing on increasing awareness and engagement between Fermilab and its key stakeholders; education and public engagement; and conference management. 

She will be responsible for advancing the lab’s brand, reputation and mission as Fermilab is leading the development of the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. DUNE is an experiment involving over 1,400 scientists and engineers from around the world who will research the behavior of neutrinos to understand why we live in a matter-dominated universe — in other words, why we are here at all.

Moss has more than 20 years of experience and leadership in communications and outreach at national labs and federal organizations. Prior to her leadership positions at INL, she served as the director of communications and external affairs at Mission Support Alliance, the provider for infrastructure, communications, utilities and security at the Hanford Site in Washington state and held communications positions at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

She has been an adjunct professor of marketing at Washington State University in Richland, Washington, and is currently completing her organizational development and communications doctoral degree at the University of Missouri. She earned her MBA in marketing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.