A Statement From Mike Witherell|
Pier Oddone is an excellent choice to be the next director. His experience
as a particle physicist, division head, and deputy director at Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory has prepared him well to lead Fermilab. He has
been an effective advocate and overseer for a portfolio of research that
includes such diverse areas as scientific computing, genomics, and cosmology, in addition to particle physics. In all of his jobs, Pier has shown an ability to create an environment in which talented people can do great science.
Physicists all over the world are anticipating that important new physics will come out of Fermilab over the next few years. Results from CDF, D0, MiniBooNE, MINOS, CDMS, Auger, Sloan, and MIPP are going to be filling the scientific journals. Years of effort building and improving accelerators and detectors have laid the foundation for this rich scientific harvest. The people of Fermilab have a lot to be proud of.
At the same time, the laboratory must and will keep moving ahead. The field of particle physics is looking to Fermilab to take the lead in designing and constructing even more impressive instruments for studying the fundamental nature of matter, space, and time. Great opportunities and enormous challenges lie ahead for Pier and for everyone who works here.
We are very fortunate that Pier will be leading Fermilab through the important and difficult tasks ahead. All of us who have worked closely with him are impressed by his unerring good judgment. We also enjoy his spirit and sense of humor.
I look forward to working with Pier over the next several months to ensure a seamless transition. His wife Barbara will be a great asset to the laboratory as well. Please join me in welcoming Pier and Barbara Oddone to Fermilab.