Director’s corner

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer I start today’s column by expressing my appreciation for the commitment you are exhibiting in the face of continuing uncertainty. These are unprecedented times for the laboratory, and your focus on carrying out our scientific mission is commendable. The budgetary situation has not changed from that described in my email on Friday: Congress has not yet appropriated funds for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, and while we have been continuing to operate at a reduced…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer As you are aware, our Chief Operating Officer Jack Anderson will be leaving Fermilab; his last day will be Friday, Oct. 4. In his 14 months here, Jack has performed admirably as COO and associate laboratory director (ALD) for operations. He made considerable progress in moving the laboratory forward, most notably in the contractor assurance and project management areas. I wish him well in his new position as deputy director for operations at Brookhaven National Laboratory. As…

My first two weeks

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer My goal over the last two weeks as the new director was to interact with as many members of the Fermilab staff and user community as possible. Many of you attended the seven “all hands” meetings, and I thank you for your helpful questions, comments and suggestions. I spent much of the time getting to know the laboratory, from a weekend visit with the operators in the Main Control Room to a tour of the impressive Lederman…

Director’s Corners will run every other week in Fermilab Today. The next column will appear on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Beginnings

It is a privilege to be here on my first day as director of this great laboratory. My philosophy as I start my tenure is to develop and build on the platform of opportunities that you have constructed. This laboratory boasts tremendous talent, and there is a very rich menu of possibilities for us to apply our strengths to solve big scientific questions. Over the summer I have spoken to many different people and have heard overwhelming enthusiasm for the…

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…