Pier Oddone

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone After eight years and about 400 director’s corners, I come to the last column of my tenure as director of our great laboratory. I am deeply grateful for the privilege to have served as your director and for the support, encouragement and great devotion of all of you to Fermilab’s mission. You are hard-charging, can-do folks. Often you start with a healthy dose of skepticism—you need to be convinced. But watch out when you move! There…

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone These days, as I near the end of my tenure at Fermilab, I find myself finishing up this and doing the last of that. It is no different with my interactions in Washington. Last week the Fermilab senior leadership had its yearly planning meeting with the Office of Science. The meeting, presided by Office of Science Deputy Director Pat Dehmer and attended by the associate directors of all the Office of Science programs, is a very…

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone The success of “Abenomics” in Japan has made the legend of the three arrows known around the world. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has based his economic policies on three thrusts: monetary expansion, fiscal spending and structural reform. He calls this his three arrows program in reference to a sixteenth century legend from his family’s region of the country. Any one of these thrusts would not right Japan’s economy by itself and could be easily derailed….

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone As June begins, we continue to make excellent progress on preparing for the restart of the full Fermilab accelerator complex and the experiments that will use our new, more powerful beams of protons and neutrinos. Today’s Fermilab Today feature article describes the details of the heroic efforts by the Accelerator Division over the past year to prepare the Main Injector, Recycler and NuMI beamline to deliver proton beams at double the power. I also want to…

The Director’s Corner will not appear in today’s issue. It will return next week.

Director Oddone participated in a recent panel discussion titled "Big Science: Big Challenges" at the Museum of Science and Industry. From left: Steve Edwards, Robert Zimmer, Pier Oddone, Eric Isaacs, Trudy Vincent. Photo: Fermilab On Thursday evening, the seventh in the series of joint events organized by the University of Chicago, Argonne and Fermilab took place at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The event brought together scientists, engineers and faculty members of the three institutions. The venue…

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone and Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim review the Fermilab site master plan. Photo: Reidar Hahn Two important events related to the future of Fermilab occurred last week. On Wednesday, Fermilab held a groundbreaking for the building that will house the Muon g-2 experiment. Nearby, an additional building and associated beamline will be built to house, initially, the Mu2e experiment. These two experiments will be located between the former antiproton source—now repurposed to produce muon beams—and the central…

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone Last Saturday I attended the Pre-Fermilab Tenant Picnic, more familiarly referred to as the Farmer’s Picnic. For many years now, this event has brought together the families that farmed the land around Fermilab for generations before the lab was established. As with many events at Fermilab, former and current lab employees volunteer their time to organize the picnic. Some of the employees are related to the farm families, and all treasure the opportunity to share good…

On April 25, Fermilab Director Pier Oddone led an all-hands meeting to discuss the current state of the laboratory. A video of his presentation is now online. Director Oddone is on vacation. The Director’s Corner will return next week.

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone Last week, the NOvA collaboration held a vibrant meeting at Fermilab. The construction of NOvA is going well: Production and assembly rates are encouraging, leading us to believe that we will be able to complete the detector on budget and on schedule. This goal is important for the laboratory since we need to establish excellence in project management given the number of projects that are ahead of us. If we continue on track, NOvA will be…