PPD gets new leaders
Greg Bock (left) and Mike Lindgren were recently promoted to acting head and acting deputy head of the Particle Physics Division, respectively.
The Particle Physics Division recently got new leadership.
Director Pier Oddone promoted Greg Bock as acting division head and Mike Lindgren as acting deputy head.
Bock takes over as division head from Jim Strait who left to work at CERN on the LHC commissioning after four years overseeing the PPD.
Bock's promotion comes on the heels of receiving Scientist III rating for his exceptional management and technical leadership of large scientific projects and programs, including KTeV, NuMI/MINOS, and the PPD.
He had served as deputy head of PPD since 2007.
"Greg already knows how to do the job, since I abandoned him for a number
of extended absences," Strait said. "I always wondered whether people would really
want me back after seeing how well Greg did things!"
Lindgren will fill Bock's shoes as deputy head while still retaining his position as CDF department head, which he has held since 2005.
"While I was Division Head, I sought Mike's advice on numerous occasions
- and sometimes got advice from him whether I wanted it or not," Strait said. "I
essentially always followed his advice, and things went well as a result."
The vast knowledge of the laboratory held by Bock and Lindgren will aid the PPD as it moves forward to meet the recommendations of the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel, which favors U.S. research in the energy, intensity and cosmic frontiers, including an expanded accelerator program and neutrino research through NOvA.
Both men have shown dedication and flexibility helping keep the Fermilab PPD program healthy during six months of furloughs, retirements and layoff fears brought on by a budget cut In FY2008, which was restored in July.
"Greg and Mike are both exceptionally talented leaders and managers, who
will do a splendid job of running the Particle Physics Division," Strait said.
-- Tona Kunz