From March 25-27, the Fermilab professional chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers will host the virtual Regional Leadership Development Conference. This is a great professional development and networking opportunity for Fermilab employees and users. The conference agenda includes career, leadership and professional-development workshops. Early bird registration is open until Feb. 23.
Inclusion Matters 2021 builds upon IM20 presentations and workshops focused on the theme Building a Sense of Community. Along with expressions of appreciation for the lab community’s contributions to workplace inclusion, the IM calendar includes presentations and workshops on cross-cultural communication, LGBT Safe Zones, and how to be an upstander
Register now for the All Engineers’ Retreat, which takes place from Feb. 21-27. There will sessions to learn about interesting projects at Fermilab and engineers’ contributions, as well as a specific session on finding research and collaborative synergies among the Fermilab engineers. We will also cover opportunities, address concerns and receive feedback about the lab’s efforts in building an engineering community.
On Monday, Feb. 15, the Fermilab Property Office will begin conducting inventories within the Self-Service Property system. In the past, personal property inventories were conducted separately over the course of the fiscal year. This year, all property custodians will receive four inventories simultaneously, combined in a single inventory through the SSP system.
A reminder to the lab community: Our first Virtual Open House is right around the corner, and you and your families are invited to participate. Check out the Open House offerings, and be sure to register in advance. The event will run for five days, from Feb. 10-14, with “on-demand” content available 24/7, as well as live-streamed events. Activities will include pre-recorded demos and activities for all ages, trivia games, tours of the lab facilities, a community art show and more — all free for everyone to enjoy.
The new Irradiation Test Area has met a milestone: On Jan. 11, it began transporting a high-intensity proton beam to the very first set of user experiments. The ITA will play a critical role in High-Luminosity LHC projects and others to come. The beginning of operations ushers in a new era of instrumentation development in high-energy physics.
Fermilab is entering a new era of facility management. For decades, facilities have been managed by individual divisions and sections, using tailored but varying standards and methods. Centralized Facility Management (CFM) will bring these functions under one (virtual) roof, and will standardize the way we plan for, identify, diagnose and execute facility management.
For all of us, 2020 has been an interesting year full of unique challenges and unique opportunities. The Education and Public Engagement Office has used this time of change to focus on broadening the national and international reach of our efforts via new, virtual opportunities. In this column, I’d like to feature some of the highlights of the past year.