Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson One of the key strategies highlighted in the Strategic Fermilab Agenda is streamlining and modernizing business processes to better support the laboratory’s mission and goals. Many of our current processes are paper-based and manual. Many of our information systems have not been refreshed in years. Modernizing will create a more efficient workplace for us all and will allow us to support our science mission more cost effectively. A cornerstone of our modernization roadmap is updating how we manage…

Jack Anderson Over the last month there have been a number of encouraging developments related to Fermilab’s plans for the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator (ASTA) at the New Muon Lab (NML) building. Fermilab recently hosted its first ASTA Users’ Meeting. The interest displayed at this meeting went beyond our expectations. Eighty-four potential users—two-thirds of whom were from institutions outside of Fermilab—attended the meeting to present and discuss 24 proposals for experimental programs that could be carried out at ASTA. Attendees…

Jack Anderson July 30 marked a major milestone for the laboratory, when the Main Injector welcomed its first protons in more than a year. I congratulate the hundreds of employees and subcontractors who spent the last 15 months upgrading, repairing, overhauling and maintaining the laboratory’s entire accelerator complex. From the new proton source at the very beginning to the NuMI beamline that generates neutrinos destined for Minnesota, nearly every single piece of the intricate chain of Fermilab accelerators has received…

Jack Anderson Last week I spent three days in Washington, D.C., meeting with DOE officials on a variety of topics. Of primary importance was a meeting in which invited national laboratory representatives, including myself, had the pleasure of hosting Secretary Moniz and two new members of his staff: David Klaus, deputy undersecretary for management and performance, and Melanie Kenderdine, executive director for energy policy and systems analysis. During our meeting, Secretary Moniz elaborated on several of his key management initiatives….

Jack Anderson Fermilab’s mission revolves around producing new knowledge through science, and the results can affect society in a considerable way. For instance, our partnerships with universities and industry have produced tangible innovations that enrich the lives of people around the globe: contributions to cancer therapy, the design of accelerators that may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advances in horticulture, to name a few. As we look to the future, partnerships and technology transfer will become even more important…

Jack Anderson Last week Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a restructuring of DOE’s leadership. The plan makes significant changes that will affect Fermilab, so in today’s column I will take you through some of the highlights. If you’d like to hear about the changes directly from Secretary Moniz, I encourage you to watch the video of his town hall meeting for DOE employees. The first major change that will affect our lab is the merging of the two existing undersecretary…

Jack Anderson At Fermilab we must effectively and efficiently align scientific research efforts to meet our customers’ and collaborators’ most critical needs while building capabilities to meet future lab requirements. These demands are complicated by inevitable resource constraints that raise challenges—the most critical being the alignment of plans and budgets to support our future. To address this challenging environment, we have developed a comprehensive, labwide strategic agenda to help organize internal strategy discussions and priority-setting. The agenda provides a framework…

Jack Anderson Editor’s note: Fermilab Interim Director Jack Anderson will author Director’s Corners until Sept. 3. Last week I found myself in the unique position of being afforded the distinction of serving as interim laboratory director between Pier Oddone’s retirement and the beginning of Nigel Lockyer’s tenure on Sept. 3. Coupled with Young-Kee Kim’s return to her full-time position in the Physics Department at the University of Chicago, I had the sudden feeling of being on a sailboat when the…

On June 28, Fermilab’s next director, Nigel Lockyer, met with laboratory employees and users at an all-hands meeting. A video of the meeting is now online.

John Anderson Jr., AD ES&H Department Head and Senior Safety Officer, wrote this column. John Anderson Jr. The work taking place during the 2012 shutdown marks the next phase of Fermilab’s migration to research at the Intensity Frontier. In the Accelerator Division, we are working on upgrades to the Linac, Booster, Recycler, Main Injector and the NuMI areas in support of the laboratory’s experimental program. Although we’re three months into the shutdown, the planning for our shutdown activities began years…