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McCallum-Turner Focuses on Quality

This, the seventh article in SLAC Today's series covering the 11 McCallum-Turner management and operations focus areas, centers on Quality.

Quality at SLAC involves the oversight of construction, manufacturing, and engineering projects, including the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the Gamma Ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) and SPEAR3. It also includes procedures and processes in groups such as the Klystron Microwave Department, Mechanical Fabrication Department and Accelerator Systems Division. At SLAC, everyone is responsible to ensure each department and experiment is progressing with the highest levels of accuracy, precision, and safety and that everything is adequately documented.

Although quality programs and procedures are managed within each division, they are guided by the SLAC Assurance Program Description released by the Office of Assurance in September 2006.

"Everyone can help our study by thinking about what is required for quality, how it is performed, and how it can be improved," said Walter Leclerc, McCallum Turner's Quality point of contact. "These questions are important across the institution, at the division level and in each employee's own area."

McCallum-Turner can by contacted with any ideas, comments or suggestions on Quality or any of the other focus areas via email at or by phone at 926-6200.

Ken Kingery, SLAC Today, October 24, 2007