Greg Bock appointed associate director for research
Fermilab Director Pier Oddone today announced the appointment of Particle Physics Division Head Greg Bock to be Fermilab's associate director for research, with responsibility for PPD, the Particle Astrophysics Center and the CMS Center. Bock has worked at Fermilab for 26 years. He was a Fermilab user for eight years before that.
"I like it here," Bock said.
Oddone expressed his excitement at Bock's appointment.
"Greg has great scientific judgment," Oddone said. "He is an excellent physicist and an outstanding manager. His success at managing large projects has earned the respect not only of his colleagues at Fermilab but across the field. His research interest in the intensity frontier will be an asset in shaping and implementing our future. Greg's legendary calm amid the storm and his unfailing sense of humor will serve us well."
Thomas Jefferson Laboratory Director Hugh Montgomery, who held the position of associate director for research at Fermilab until April 2008, agreed.
"Greg is an excellent choice," Montgomery said. "Of all the people at Fermilab, no one has a stronger record of managing through difficult times. His two-feet-on-the-ground management approach gives people confidence. When he takes a decision, people trust it."
Reflecting on his career at Fermilab, Bock said "It's all been fun. Managing projects is hard, but you can concentrate on achieving just one thing. As PPD head, I don't have that focus, but I get a look at the breadth of what's going on here and a grasp of what our unbelievable staff are accomplishing."
Bock looks forward to his role as research director at a defining moment for Fermilab, as the Tevatron continues to set records while confronting the end of its run at the energy frontier, and the laboratory looks toward a future on new frontiers of particle physics.
"I am eager to increase our efforts at the intensity frontier as part of a
balanced program with particle astrophysics and energy-frontier physics,"
Bock said. "All of this science is very, very interesting and important for
the future of our laboratory and our field. At Fermilab, we have many things
to do all at once. The challenge is to make it all work."
-- Judy Jackson