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SLAC Launches PPA Scientific Computing Applications Department
Welcome New SLACers!
AED Serves Its Customers and Wants to Do Even Better

SLAC Today

Wednesday - April 7, 2010

SLAC Launches PPA Scientific Computing Applications Department

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Members of the Particle Physics and Astrophysics Scientific Computing Applications department celebrate the launch of their new department. (Photo courtesy Steffen Luitz.)

Last Thursday, nearly two dozen new members of the Particle Physics and Astrophysics Scientific Computing Applications department gathered in Building 84 to celebrate the launch of their new department.

"SLAC has very strong scientific computing capabilities," said David MacFarlane, director of SLAC's Particle Physics and Astrophysics directorate. "By merging the HEP computing applications capabilities within PPA and those that were administratively housed in the computing division, we have created a professional center that will enhance our ability to support both anticipated new HEP projects and eventually photon science experiments with their upcoming data management tasks."

Previously, much of the scientific computing expertise in PPA was spread across many groups, including the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, the BaBar collaboration, GEANT4 and ATLAS. The new department brings scientific computing experts together in one department, where they can share ideas and provide leadership and support for projects that require complex data analysis applications. 

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Welcome New SLACers!

SLAC welcomed 12 new staff members at last Thursday's New Employee Orientation. They are, from the left:

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(Photo by Barbara Hemstad)

Luciano Piccoli
Danielle Newman
Theresa Wong
Yipeng Sun
Norm Ringgold
Ronald Falls
Imre Kabai
Randy Ralston
Emily Dea
Allen Kisner
Reza Esmaili
Kai Tian

Join us in congratulating our new staff as they embark on their pathway to success at SLAC!

AED Serves Its Customers and Wants to Do Even Better

Engineering leaders. (Photo by Frank Topper.)

Someone has to take the physicists' and scientists' brilliant ideas and turn them into reality. In SLAC's Accelerator Directorate, the Accelerator Engineering Division does it, and puts the "engineering" into the accelerator. This division is an effective, flexible, machine-designing, hardware building and installing, software-writing, vacuum-maintaining group that turns concepts into reality. We are good because we have two SLAC veterans who have been here for 45 years, six who have been here 40 or more years, twenty who have been here 30 or more years and more than one hundred with more than 15 years of SLAC service.

However, AED is not so complacent that we rest on our laurels. On April 5, the AED held an on-site, all-day planning retreat to work on ways to serve our customers better and integrate our business plans with other accelerator divisions. Our retreat followed on the heels of the Accelerator Research Division (one of our best customers, although we value all of our customers) Strategic Planning Retreat. This was an opportunity for AED's leadership from the Configuration Control, Controls, Klystron, Mechanical Engineering and Design, Mechanical Fabrication, Metrology, Power Conversion, and Systems Engineering departments to speak up and develop the next twelve-month goals consistent with the laboratory's strategic vision and customer needs. There was also the consideration of timely deployment, as AED wants to have the ability to use the developed goals and expectations in the new employee appraisal guidelines. 

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