U.S. Secretary of Energy Perry visits Fermilab

LBNF Project Director Chris Mossey talks with U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. Photo: Fermilab


The following is excerpted from Fermilab’s article of 9 January 2018 Secretary of Energy Rick Perry visits Fermilab, touts progress in advancing science.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry toured Fermilab’s extensive science and technology research complex on January 9th and led a town hall meeting with lab employees and visiting scientists.

As the top official at the U.S. Department of Energy, the Secretary oversees Fermilab and the 16 other DOE National Laboratories that form the backbone of the nation’s scientific infrastructure. During his visit, Secretary Perry noted Fermilab’s unique role within the DOE lab system.

The visit highlighted Fermilab’s leadership as the host laboratory for LBNF/DUNE, the first international megascience experiment to be built at a U.S. DOE lab. While at Fermilab the Secretary visited several experiments focused on neutrinos and spoke to lab scientists and engineers about the construction of LBNF/DUNE, which broke ground in July.

Secretary Perry also visited the facility for PIP-II, an accelerator project that will provide the high-intensity, megawatt proton beam that is needed for generating the neutrino beam for LBNF/DUNE.

Also on January 9th in testimony to the U.S. Congress, the Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette stated that LBNF/DUNE is one of the two major science priorities for DOE (along with exascale computing), and highlighted this project’s importance for neutrino science in the U.S.