Professor Steven Lund of Michigan State University has been named the new director of the U.S. Particle Accelerator School. His four-year renewable term begins on Dec. 1. He will succeed Professor William Barletta of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who has been director since 2006.
The USPAS is recognized as the nation’s premier training program in accelerator science and engineering. USPAS started in 1981 and convenes twice a year to offer a broad range of graduate-level accelerator science and engineering courses in an intensive-school format. Training and documentation produced by the sessions has been recognized for excellence and has had a profound positive impact on the field. All business and activities of the school are coordinated by the director and the USPAS office at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
“I am delighted about this appointment and eager to continue the outstanding work of the USPAS in educating current and future accelerator scientists and engineers,” Lund said. “It is a great honor to be selected, and I look forward to guiding the school to continued success.”
Lund has been a professor at MSU since 2014, and currently serves on both the Director’s Advisory Council and the Curriculum Committee for the USPAS, working with Director Barletta to coordinate school programs in the community interest. Lund’s position at MSU is at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), and his focus is theoretical accelerator physics, emphasizing analytic theory and numerical modeling. He also teaches graduate courses in accelerator physics and advises students.
“Over the past 35 years the USPAS has developed a program filling a critically important role in the training and education for the national laboratories that use accelerators as research tools,” said Rod Gerig of Argonne National Laboratory, chair of the USPAS Director’s Advisory Council. “Those of us who…