Christoph W. Leemann Named Jefferson Lab Director
November 16, 2001 -- The
Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) has selected
Christoph W. Leemann, an internationally recognized particle-accelerator
physicist, as director of the U.S. Department of Energys Thomas
Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport
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 served previously as Jefferson Labs deputy director
as well as its associate director for accelerators and a leader
of the management team responsible for the successful design and
construction of the $600 million high-tech DOE facility. Leemann
came to Jefferson Lab in 1985 from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
where he had been involved in the design and construction of high-energy
accelerators since 1970.
the new Jefferson Lab director Christoph Leemann will help maintain
the tradition of excellence that characterizes the Department of
Energys science programs," Secretary of Energy Spencer
Abraham said. "The labs work in turn will help the nation
remain a leader in science and technology."
said, "I am honored that SURA and the Department of Energy
are confident of my ability to be a steward of one of the jewels
of American science. I look forward to strengthening the team of
scientists at Jefferson Lab and to working closely with the user
community to invigorate the scientific research efforts of this
facility. I consider one of my primary tasks to guide an upgrade
of the Jefferson Lab accelerator, an upgrade that will open new
physics frontiers to the scientific community."
Lab is a national treasure," said President Jerry Draayer of
SURA, the management and operating contractor of the Lab since its
inception for the Department of Energy. "We are pleased to
have Christoph Leemann at the helm. He will guide the Lab in support
of a flourishing scientific program. Under his leadership, the Lab
is expected to deliver an enhanced accelerator with double the current
energy that will enable researchers to probe even deeper into natures
has a proven record of success at Jefferson Lab including, most
recently, its partnering with other national laboratories on the
construction of the DOEs Spallation Neutron Source in Oak
Ridge, Tennessee. Christophs expertise and experience position
him uniquely to help forge an exciting and dynamic future for Jefferson
a native of Basel, Switzerland, holds a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear
physics from the University of Basel. He is a fellow of the American
Physical Society. Leemann, who is an American citizen, holds a Governors
Distinguished Professorship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
University of Virginia is very pleased that one of its distinguished
faculty members will be guiding the future of the Jefferson Lab,"
said U.Va. President John T. Casteen, III. "Christoph Leemann
will continue to strengthen the Labs connection with the SURA
universities, including U.Va. 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 in the biological as well
as physical sciences."
was initially formed to build and manage the Continuous Electron
Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF), now Jefferson Lab. The non-profit
59-member university consortium, whose footprint stretches across
the southern region from Delaware to Texas, serves as an entity
through which its members, in cooperation with other organizations
and government, are committed to strengthening the scientific, research,
and technological capacity of the SURA region and nation.
Lab carries out research that cannot be done anywhere else in the
world. Some 1,800 physicists worldwide form the Jefferson Lab Users
Group, a group of researchers seeking comprehensive understanding
of the atoms nucleus and how quarks and gluons, building blocks
of protons and neutrons, make up the nucleus. The Lab is also a
national resource in accelerator science and technology, and a source
of transferable technologies that will contribute to national security
and economic strength.
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For more information about Jefferson Lab, see www.jlab.org.
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