Leading Fermilab into the Future

Earlier this month, Fermilab made an announcement about who will be taking the helm of the country’s leading particle physics research facility.

During a recent meet and greet, employees, residents and the media got a chance to meet the new director.

Current Director of Canada’s TRIUMF Laboratory, Nigel Lockyer will officially start at Fermilab on September 3rd, but he took the time now to explain a few plans to lead Fermilab into an unknown future.

After the shut down of the Tevatron and the current reign of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland, physicist are unsure of the direction their field will be going, and Fermilab must change its focus to remain the top laboratory in the country.

“Fermilab is starting to establish themselves as the neutrino laboratory in the world,” said Lockyer. “The neutrino has proven to be a very interesting particle and there’s still more secrets to find out. I think that’s going to be a big component of the Fermilab program.”

He says Fermilab will continue to have a big say in the global direction of particle physics research.

He’s succeeding Pier Oddone, who’s lead Fermilab for the past eight years. Fermilab’s Chief Operating Officer Jack Anderson will serve as interim director starting July 1st.


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