Vicky White

Vicky White In a laboratory of our size, there is so much going on that there are bound to be a few things that don’t go as planned. As COO, I learn about every time someone gets hurt, some piece of property is lost, a notable operational incident happens, or a safety or security incident occurs. I also hear about projects that aren’t meeting their goals, travelers who are in difficulty, people who disregard the rules and even visitors who…

Contract assurance

Chief Operating OfficerVicky White What on earth is this you may say? What contract? Assuring what? And what does it have to do with me? Fermi Research Alliance has a contract with the government to manage and operate Fermilab. If you hire a contractor to remodel your house, the deal comes with a written contract spelling out a very large number of expectations and deliverables, and assurances that work will be done the way you want and done right. FRA’s…

Vicky White In October I stepped into the role of chief operating officer with a determination to make a difference and improve some aspects of the way the lab operates. It has been an exciting time marked by several unusual events. The lab survived the government funding shutdown without furloughs and without extensive damage to the scientific program and projects. Planning for a partial shutdown required the help of many people, and I thank all of them and indeed every…