After eight years as the director of America’s leading particle physics laboratory, Pier Oddone has announced he will be stepping down.
He joined Fermilab in 2005 and led them through a period of scientific achievements, including narrowing down the location of the Higgs Boson.
“We don’t even let presidents run the country for more than eight years, so it’s natural for the next generation to take over,” said Oddone. “We have great people inside the lab, and also great people in the community and I think it’s their time to step up and take a role like director of Fermilab.”
Oddone helped the lab transition from the days of the Tevatron, which was the world’s largest particle accelerator for 25 years, to the future. They now have a number of projects underway that they hope will give Fermilab the lead in the world of physics once again.
“He all around has very powerful leadership, so that made all our operations and machinery and physics and just going on and just created this foundation for future strategy,” said Young-Kee Kim, Deputy Director of Fermilab. “And not only that, he has been quite a good model for someone like me. I’ve learned quite a bit from him in all fronts, so his contributions for lab and the younger generation has just been remarkable.”
The Fermi Research Alliance, which manages the lab for the U.S. Department of Energy, will form a search committee to find Oddone’s successor.
He will serve as director until July 1, 2013. After that, he plans to enjoy his retirement by spending time with his family, watching his grapes grow in his California vineyard, and even write about science policy.
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