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Special Announcement

All-hands celebration - today at 2:30 p.m. in auditorium

Everyone is invited to attend an all-hands celebration today from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The event begins with nontechnical presentations on recent lab milestones in Ramsey Auditorium, followed by an ice cream reception sponsored by the Employee Advisory Group in the atrium and south patio.

The meeting will not be live-streamed or recorded.


Sergey Belomestnykh joins Fermilab this fall as new chief technology officer

Sergey Belomestnykh

On Oct. 1 scientist Sergey Belomestnykh, currently of Brookhaven National Laboratory, will step in as Fermilab's chief technology officer and Technical Division head.

Although his first day is more than two months away, he is already thinking about how to advance Fermilab's leadership in accelerator technology development.

"Fermilab's Technical Division is a very good division, and it's involved in many exciting programs and projects," Belomestnykh said. "I'd like to maintain the momentum, make sure that projects are conducted efficiently and see that R&D stays very active."

As head of Brookhaven's SRF (superconducting radio-frequency) Group, Belomestnykh helped develop cavities at Brookhaven's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and for a possible future electron-ion collider. The IEEE Nuclear Plasma Sciences Society recognized his achievements in the science and technology of RF and SRF for particle accelerators earlier this year with a Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award. That experience translates well to Fermilab's R&D program, which aims to advance SRF both for fundamental physics and wider applications.

SRF R&D isn't the only thing on Belomestnykh's plate. The Technical Division is developing superconducting solenoids for Mu2e and high-field magnets for the LHC as part of a longstanding collaboration with CERN. In another collaboration with SLAC, the division is contributing SRF cryomodules to LCLS-II. In addition, the division plays an important role in supporting facilities at the Accelerator Division.

Perhaps the Technical Division's most ambitious project will be to help build the PIP-II accelerator, a critical future addition to the laboratory's accelerator complex.

"PIP-II is the next big project for us," he said. "We expect that the division's participation in LCLS-II and other projects will provide us with the experience and skills necessary for the successful realization of PIP-II."

As a scientist who enjoys teaching and mentoring younger talent, Belomestnykh hopes to attract the next generation of scientists at Fermilab by bringing more Ph.D. students to the Technical Division.

"It's important to have good ties with the universities — that's where the young scientists and engineers are coming from," he said.

An IEEE senior member, Belomestnykh served in a number of roles at Cornell University — from visiting scientist to senior research associate — from 1994 to 2011. He arrived at Brookhaven Lab as a physicist and head of the SRF Group in the Collider-Accelerator Department in 2010. He began teaching physics courses at Stony Brook University as adjunct professor in 2011 and was named Brookhaven Professor in 2015.

"Sergey's joining the lab at an exciting time, and we're excited to have him here," said Director Nigel Lockyer. "He understands SRF technology and its use in accelerators as few others do, and we're confident he'll keep Fermilab at the cutting edge of accelerator technology R&D and help deliver our major projects on time and on budget."

Leah Hesla

Photos of the Day

Dotted with pink

Pink specks brighten up these delicate flowers. Photo: Leticia Shaddix, PPD
Tiny bright pink flowers grace the side of Main Ring Road. For scale, the white blob in the lower left is the painted line along the inside of the street. Photo: Elliott McCrory, AD
From the Chief Operating Officer

Building the future

Tim Meyer

Most people know two things about Fermilab: (1) A lot of really good scientists work here, and (2) the site is really big with buildings scattered everywhere. But two weeks ago, Fermilab achieved a victory that expands that basic story — the lab has a crucial engineering component, and the future of our site will bring more of our staff and our facilities closer together.

While the LBNF and DUNE projects were completing a successful DOE CD-1 review, the Integrated Engineering Research (IER) Center team was quietly receiving CD-0 approval of its own. CD-0 establishes mission need for IER and is the first step in realizing Fermilab's central campus concept described in the Fermilab Campus Master Plan.

A central campus will be necessary to host, most importantly, the set of neutrino programs recommended by P5. The approval milestone demonstrates the strong commitment of the Office of Science and Office of High Energy Physics to actively prepare for Fermilab's future and is evidence to our international partners that DOE is serious about moving forward quickly.

The IER will co-locate selected engineering and technical staff from across the Fermilab site in a new building adjacent to the east side of Wilson Hall. The new center will complement ongoing and planned renovations of Wilson Hall by establishing a central campus that will anchor the lab. Groups working on key projects will be in close proximity to one another, improving operational efficiency and collaboration. This IER will also offer technical and engineering staff an environment for interdisciplinary collaboration necessary to establish an international neutrino program and support other HEP science opportunities detailed in the P5 report. On the east side of Wilson Hall and along the old Tevatron ring, the IER will play a role in bringing together the central campus with the adjacent technical campus.

The laboratory has been under way with preconceptual design and space programming for IER to identify the requirements for and parameters of the building, including which specific functions can be relocated. Based on a target for CD-1 in FY16, the laboratory will then proceed with conceptual design. If all goes as planned, we could be breaking ground on the $85 million project in FY18 with funding through the DOE Science Laboratory Infrastructure program.

Many thanks are in order for achieving IER's CD-0 approval, most notably to the DOE Office of Science (Patricia Dehmer, Stephanie Short, Jim Siegrist, Mike Weis and their teams) and the Fermilab team, including Randy Ortgiesen, head of Fermilab's Office of Campus Strategy and Readiness; Erik Gottschalk, chair of the IER task force; the entire IER task force; Gary Van Zandbergen, Fermilab campus architect; Kate Sienkiewicz, IER project manager; Mike Lindgren, Fermilab's chief project officer; and the FESS architectural and engineering team.

Stay tuned as we continue to work toward transforming the Fermilab campus!

The future Integrated Engineering Research Center, scheduled to break ground in 2018, will be built just east of Wilson Hall.
In Brief

Colloquium: Science Shaping Policy: A Call to Action - 4 p.m. tomorrow in One West

Bina Venkataraman

Bina Venkataraman, who served as a senior advisor for Climate Change Innovation in the Obama administration and on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, will give the Colloquium tomorrow at 4 p.m. in One West.

Venkataraman, currently director of global policy initiatives at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, previously covered science issues as a journalist at The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and The Boston Globe.

She will discuss present-day challenges to a symbiosis among science, policy and public dialogue, as well as the role of scientists in shaping national policy, which in turn drives the scientific research enterprise. She will also focus on important questions such as whether the role of scientists should evolve given the profound challenges ahead, and how scientists can navigate the line between objectivity and advocacy.

In the News

Dark pion particles may explain universe's invisible matter

From Live Science, July 25, 2015

Dark matter is the mysterious stuff that cosmologists think makes up some 85 percent of all the matter in the universe. A new theory says dark matter might resemble a known particle. If true, that would open up a window onto an invisible, dark matter version of physics.

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