Argonne-Fermilab group attends UChicago program
Front row (left to right): Vladimir Shiltsev (Fermilab), Mike Skwarek, Don
Petravick (Fermilab), Andreas Jansson (Fermilab), Mike Papka.
Center row (left to right): Monica Regalbuto, Karen Byrum, Susan Coghlan, John Quintana, Stephen Streiffer, Ruben Carcagno (Fermilab), Kathy Simunich, Ronald Moore (Fermilab).
Back row (left to right): Deborah Harris (Fermilab), Mary Logue (Fermilab), Ted Liu (Fermilab), Seth Snyder, Georgio Apollinari (Fermilab), Joe Ingraffia, Mark Peters, George Srajer, Patricia Fernandez, John Mitchell, Eric Prebys (Fermilab), Tim Tess.
September has long represented a return to school with sharpened pencils and fresh notebooks. And it was back to school this month for a group of 25 Argonne and Fermilab employees who attended the first session of a year-long Strategic Laboratory Leadership program.
Custom designed by the University of Chicago to teach and refine strategic planning and leadership skills, the program gives 15 Argonne employees and 10 Fermilab employees a chance to focus on building skills that they can take back to their respective departments and divisions.
"So many of us learn by trial and error what works and what doesn't," said Fermilab Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim. "This will help them. It will teach them how to run scientific programs and the administrative side of research."
Closer collaboration with Argonne is another goal of the program, which was conceived during contract negotiations between the University of Chicago and the two laboratories in 2006.
"We'd like to see deeper collaboration with Argonne. There are a lot of things that we can learn from each other," Kim said.
Design of the class began in March when University of Chicago professors interviewed representatives at both laboratories to see what they wanted from the program. The resulting one-year program includes three sessions, the first of which began in the first week of September. The participants will meet again in January and April. They will take an elective through the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business and must complete a group project. Once the class is completed, the participants will receive certificates.
"I already can see a lot of good things from the five days that the group has spent together," Kim said. "I don't think we're going to have to wait until the end of the program to see results. They can implement what they learn as they go through the class."
Program attendees were selected based on their leadership potential by Fermilab Director Pier Oddone and Argonne director Robert Rosner. The laboratories plan to repeat the year-long program annually.