Leemann to head lab
Southeastern Universities Research Association has selected Christoph
W. Leemann, an internationally recognized particle-accelerator
physicist and U.Va. faculty member, as director of the U.S. Department
of Energys Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
in Newport News.
a native of Switzerland, has a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics
from the University of Basel. Now an American citizen and a fellow
of the American Physical Society, he holds a Governors Distinguished
Professorship at U.Va.
Leemann will continue to strengthen the labs connection
with the SURA universities, including U.Va., said University
T. Casteen III. Our university played a lead role in bringing
the lab to Virginia and will continue to reap the benefits of
having a world-class facility within its reach. U.Va. is particularly
excited about the labs spin-off Free Electron Laser facility,
which will enable cutting-edge research.
has been serving for the past year as interim director of the
nuclear physics laboratory, a world center for the study of the
atoms nucleus. He led the team responsible for the design
and construction of the $600 million high-tech facility.