Fermilab Leadership

Directorate

The Fermilab Directorate provides the leadership necessary to support and advance the laboratory's scientific mission. This includes setting lab policy and program direction and ensuring support and funding for Fermilab. The Directorate ensures and oversees compliance with applicable DOE contract requirements, regulations, and laws and establishes and maintains excellent relationships with Fermilab stakeholders.

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Nigel Lockyer, Director

Fermilab's leadership team is headed by Nigel Lockyer, who holds overall accountability for the performance of the laboratory and fulfillment of the expectations set by the Department of Energy. Lockyer sets the overall scientific strategy for Fermilab, represents the laboratory to external communities, and is the chief spokesperson for the lab as well as an "ambassador" for U.S. particle physics to other countries.

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Joseph Lykken, Deputy Director

Joseph Lykken is Fermilab's Deputy Director. He also heads the quantum information science initiative at Fermilab. A senior scientist at the laboratory, Lykken was a former head of the Theory Department and is a member of the CMS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

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Timothy Meyer, Chief Operating Officer

Timothy Meyer oversees internal labwide activities, functions and infrastructure that support the scientific program and serves as a liaison between Fermilab and the DOE system. Meyer manages the Contractor Assurance System, which crosscuts all the lab's operations, and provides a meaningful summary of performance and compliance to the FRA Board and the Department of Energy. He assists the director in strategic planning, resource management and workforce development.

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Christopher Mossey, Deputy Director for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility

Christopher Mossey is Deputy Director for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility. He manages all aspects of the LBNF project — the largest international DOE project ever hosted on U.S. soil — at both Fermilab and Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota.

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Senior Laboratory Managers

Inspired by corporate-governance models, Fermilab's senior management is headed by a team of chiefs, division heads and project leaders who are responsible for all projects, initiatives and operations at the lab.

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Sergey Belomestnykh, Chief Technology Officer

As CTO, Sergey Belomestnykh provides leadership in planning, directing and overseeing the activities of the Technical Division, which includes high-field superconducting magnet, superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) and superconducting quantum systems programs; cryogenic technology development for accelerators and detectors; operations of Fermi-CARD accelerator test facilities; support of various Fermilab projects and the laboratory's accelerator complex; and oversight of the lab's machine shop. He also provides the lab's technological and technical vision for the future. He joined the laboratory in 2015. Prior to that he worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cornell University and the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics. Belomestnykh received his Ph.D. from Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, is a fellow of the American Physical Society and received the 2015 IEEE Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award for his achievements in the science and technology of RF and SRF for particle accelerators.

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Alison Markovitz, Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer

As CSPO, Alison Markovitz leads externally focused activities key to the success of Fermilab and its flagship project, the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. Markovitz chairs the Resources Review Board, a group composed of international funding agencies that sponsor the DUNE project. In addition, she oversees the laboratory’s Office of Communication and its government relations activities. Prior to joining Fermilab, she held several leadership positions within the Department of Energy, most recently as senior advisor to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and director of the Laboratory Operations Board. She has worked as a deputy associate counsel at the White House and as a lawyer in private practice. Markovitz received a J.D. from Yale Law School.

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Martha Michels, Chief Safety Officer

As CSO, Martha Michels is the laboratory's principal agent for planning, implementing and overseeing the programs necessary to maintain safe, healthy, compliant and secure workplace conditions. Michels anticipates and accommodates unique mission needs as they evolve, identifies and advises on risk and mitigations, and recommends environment, safety and health policy and protocols to the laboratory director. Michels joined the laboratory's Occupational Safety and Health Department in 1990, later becoming the senior safety officer in the Particle Physics Division. She served as the lead Enviromental, Safety and Health Department representative on several projects before being chosen to head the laboratory's central ES&H organization. She was appointed Fermilab's CSO in May 2015.

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Vanessa Peoples, Chief Financial Officer

Vanessa Peoples is Fermilab’s chief financial officer and oversees the lab’s finance section, which includes the procurement, accounting and travel departments. She is responsible for all budgeting and financial reporting functions. A certified public accountant, Peoples obtained a B.S. in accounting from Howard University and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining Fermilab she held the position of assistant vice president for business and finance and chief business officer for the University of Illinois at Chicago. Peoples brings an in-depth knowledge of financial operations and strategic administrative leadership.

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Liz Sexton-Kennedy, Chief Information Officer

Liz Sexton-Kennedy is responsible for both scientific computing and information technology for the lab. The organization ensures that the laboratory's scientific programs have the computing hardware, software, data acquisition and electronics support needed to achieve the optimum level of success and provides the laboratory operations teams with the automated business systems and IT services they require to operate efficiently and effectively. Sexton-Kennedy has substantial CMS leadership experience, most recently as the CMS Software and Computing Project Coordinator. In addition, she was the USCMS Software Support and Project Leader from 2005 to 2016.

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Bob Tschirhart, Chief Project Officer

Bob Tschirhart leads the Office of Project Support Services and is accountable for the successful execution of the laboratory's large suite of projects in tandem with the successful operation of its scientific program. The CPO works across organizational boundaries to facilitate the successful completion of the lab's portfolio of projects and programs alongside the lab's operational commitments. Prior to being CPO, Tschirhart was the Deputy Head of the Fermilab Computing Division and Particle Physics Division. A scientist at Fermilab since 1988, Tschirhart is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He also served on the High-Energy Physics Advisory Panel and the DOE Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel, which in 2014 established the roadmap for the field of particle physics in the United States.

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Steve Brice, Head of the Fermilab Neutrino Division

Steve Brice is the head of the Fermilab Neutrino Division, which includes the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, NOvA and construction of the short-baseline neutrino program. Since coming to Fermilab in 2000, he has held a number of leadership positions, including the head of the Intensity Frontier Department, head of the Neutrino Department, co-spokesperson for the MiniBooNE collaboration, and analysis coordinator for MiniBooNE. He has also served as the chair of the Fermilab Wilson Fellowship Committee, of the URA Thesis Award Committee and of the Organizing Committee for the 2009 International Neutrino Summer School. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and earned his Ph.D. in physics from Oxford University.

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Josh Frieman, Head of the Particle Physics Division

Josh Frieman is Head of the Fermilab Particle Physics Division, which includes the lab’s cosmic, intensity frontier, muon, and theory programs. He is the Director of the Dark Energy Survey and Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics in the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. The author of 400 publications, he led the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-II) Supernova Survey, which discovered over 500 type Ia supernovae for cosmological studies, before serving as a founder of the Dark Energy Survey collaboration. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Vice President of the Aspen Center for Physics.

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Michael Lindgren, Head of the Accelerator Division

Accelerator Division Head Michael Lindgren oversees Fermilab accelerator activities, including accelerator operations, maintenance, research and development, construction, installation, and commissioning of new accelerator systems. Most recently the lab’s Chief Project Officer, Lindgren is a senior scientist at the laboratory. He was the Project Manager for the BTeV experiment, Head of the CDF Department from 2005 to 2009 and Head of the Particle Physics Division from 2009 to 2014. Lindgren received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside, and was previously a research scientist at UCLA.

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Elaine McCluskey, Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility Project Manager

As LBNF Project Manager, Elaine McCluskey leads both the project and LBNF Division to design, construct and install the near- and far-site facilities, cryo systems and beamline to enable the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. Her experience at Fermilab over the past 30 years has included work in the facilities, accelerator and experiment organizations, serving in functional and project management roles. She has worked as a civil /structural engineer and project manager in the private engineering consulting industry. McCluskey holds bachelor’s degrees in physics and civil engineering and a master’s degree in project management. She is a registered professional engineer and structural engineer in Illinois and a certified project management professional.

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Lia Merminga, PIP-II Project Director

As PIP-II Project Director, Lia Merminga leads Fermilab's next accelerator project to provide powerful, high-intensity proton beams for future experiments, including the flagship Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) and the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). PIP-II is the first particle accelerator to be built in the United States with significant contributions from international partners. Merminga, an internationally renowned accelerator physicist, brings a wealth of accelerator construction and leadership experience to Fermilab, including 25 years of experience in superconducting radio-frequency technology. She recently served as chair of the Fermilab Accelerator Advisory Committee, on the influential P5 panel and numerous international advisory committees, and on three U.S. National Academy committees. Merminga is a fellow of the American Physical Society.

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Panagiotis Spentzouris, Head of the Fermilab Scientific Computing Division

Panagiotis Spentzouris is head of the Fermilab Scientific Computing Division. He is a collaborator on the MicroBooNE experiment and has been involved in neutrino physics since 1994. His research also includes computational accelerator physics. He has been the principal investigator of the SciDAC Community Project for Accelerator Science and Simulation (ComPASS) since 2005. Spentzouris received his Ph.D. in 1994 from Northwestern University and joined Fermilab as an associate scientist in 1998.

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Patrick Weber, Head of South Dakota Services Division

Patrick Weber is the Head of South Dakota Services Division of Fermilab, based at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota. In this role, Weber is responsible for operations and support services provided through Fermilab for scientists and engineers working on DOE science projects and experiments in South Dakota. Weber previously served as policy advisor to South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, including work with the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority that operates Sanford Lab. He was a member of the South Dakota Board of Regents, which oversees all of the state’s public universities. Weber holds a law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from South Dakota State University.

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Hema Ramamoorthi, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Director

Hema Ramamoorthi is Chief of Staff for the Office of the Director. She is responsible for all business related to the director’s mandate, with special emphasis on U.S. governmental and international relations. She is assigned as the primary point of contact for Fermilab’s international engagements with DOE and global partners at the government level. She serves as an advisor to the Laboratory Director and Senior Team members, helps to maintain and grow the laboratory’s vital stakeholder relationships and drive forward the laboratory’s vision, as well as domestic and international mission priorities. Ramamoorthi holds an engineer degree in electronics and instrumentation from Tamil Nadu College of Engineering in India. Before coming to Fermilab, she served for 10 years as social secretary for government relations to the Consul General for India in the Chicago office, where she was responsible for scheduling and logistics for diplomatic events at the Consulate General.

Management system owners

Fermilab is organized into divisions, sections and offices that group similar talents and functions together around common objectives. There is, however, a common set of business functions that cut across the laboratory. To provide insight, consistency and simplified reporting to the Department of Energy, Fermilab recognizes 16 management systems that group common functional responsibilities across the lab. These management systems may be supported by a few individuals or an entire team. Each management system is led by a management system owner who is accountable for developing policies and procedures for common, labwide implementation of the management system.