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Marc Ross Named Head of Fermilab's Technical Division

(Photo - Marc Ross) SLAC physicist Marc Ross has been named head of Fermilab’s Technical Division, beginning in the fall of 2006.

Ross has played an integral part in SLAC's accelerator activities for many years. He started as a graduate student in 1979, became a full staff member in 1983, and worked on the Stanford Linear Collider until 1998. Ross remembers "fifteen years of 8 o’clock meetings seven days a week." In the process, Ross has built up a wealth of experience that has made him a respected expert on linear colliders. He has wide national and international experience, having made important contributions to programs at Fermilab, KEK in Japan, and DESY in Germany.

"Congratulations, Marc, from everyone at SLAC," said SLAC Director Jonathan Dorfan. "You have made a tremendous contribution to the lab's accelerator program and we will miss you enormously. We look forward to working right alongside you as you apply your impressive skills and deep technical knowledge to strengthen working relationships between SLAC and Fermilab and drive the ILC project forward."

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone welcomed Ross's appointment.

"I am delighted that Marc is joining Fermilab and will play a key role in developing the technology for the ILC," Oddone said. "He brings enormous energy and technical talent. He is recognized world-wide for the strong collaborations that he has developed in the ILC community. He will help us build an even stronger collaboration between the groups at Fermilab and SLAC and, extending well beyond that, to the world-wide collaboration."

Ross looks forward to building a strong bridge between SLAC and Fermilab and the other laboratories and universities working on the ILC.

"Scientific collaboration among labs and universities must be a grassroots process," Ross said. "Global connections begin at home. It is in this spirit that I have accepted the position at Fermilab. We will develop the strong, unified national and international organization required to build the International Linear Collider."

—Neil Calder and Judy Jackson
    SLAC Today, June 29, 2006