Fermilab Director Profiles

Robert Kephart
IARC Director/SRF Program Manager

As the Director of the Illinois Accelerator Research Center (IARC) at Fermilab my goal is to bridge the gap between breakthroughs in accelerator science and technology and solutions for society. IARC will allow our university and laboratory partners to leverage Fermilab’s extensive accelerator infrastructure and expertise, resulting in new accelerator-based products and businesses in the United States. I proposed and lead a construction project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the State of Illinois to build a new complex valued at $70 million to support the IARC mission on the Fermilab campus. I manage the superconducting radio frequency (SRF) technology program, a $30 million-a-year research and development effort that supports a proposed new intense proton accelerator at Fermilab called Project X. I also lead the $53 million ARRA-funded effort to build new SRF infrastructure at the laboratory.

Trained as a high-energy experimental physicist, I am an APS fellow and have had a long career in experimental physics with more than 500 peer-reviewed publications. I was a member of experiments that discovered both the bottom and top quarks, two fundamental building blocks of our universe. I have served on many national and international advisory committees in high energy physics. Between 2002 and 2005 I served as head of Fermilab’s Technical Division.

I was among the founding members of the Tevatron CDF collaboration in 1979 and served in multiple leadership roles both for the construction and subsequent upgrade of the detector and for physics analyses including leading the CDF top mass subgroup during the discovery of the top quark. Prior to joining CDF, I was a member of the Fermilab experimental collaboration E-288 that discovered the upsilon resonance that signaled the discovery of the b quark.

I received a Ph.D. in high energy physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1975. I received a B.S. in physics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1971.

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