Holmes passes baton, welcomes Henderson
|Stuart Henderson (left) recently replaced Steve Holmes as the associate director for accelerators. Holmes is now the project manager for the proposed Project X.
Stuart Henderson, Fermilab's new associate director for accelerators, has hit the ground running. Henderson, who started at the laboratory on Aug. 16, has already attended two reviews and has spent the remainder of his time getting acquainted with the laboratory and its employees and users.
"I'm really excited to get started," Henderson said. "I'm working hard to get my hands around what is happening now."
Henderson is responsible for all accelerator operations and accelerator science and technology research and development. He also oversees construction and support for all new accelerator facilities. He replaces Steve Holmes in those responsibilities and as the direct line manager for the Accelerator Division, Technical Division and Accelerator Physics Center. While Henderson is eager to help make things happen at the laboratory, he feels that Holmes' shoes will be difficult to fill.
But Holmes thinks Henderson is the perfect person for the job.
"Stuart really brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this role," Holmes said. "I really look forward to working with him to get Fermilab's future accelerator facilities off of the ground."
Henderson is former director of the Research Accelerator Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
"I took this position because I am excited about all the opportunities, such as upgrading the existing accelerator complex and pursuing Project X, the Intensity Frontier, future colliders and advanced accelerator R&D and accelerator applications," Henderson said.
Holmes, who has now fully transitioned into his role as project manager for the proposed Project X, will dedicate his time to make that project a reality. He has served as acting project manager for Project X since August 2008. He hopes that the project will achieve CD-0, or mission need, in 2011.
-- Rhianna Wisniewski