Rob Roser is new LBNF Near Site project scientist

Rob Roser, most recently the Fermilab chief information officer (CIO), has just been named the LBNF Near Site project scientist. Along with this role comes the responsibility for the delivery of beam, and thus he is the new project manager for the LBNF Beamline.

Roser began his career at Fermilab in 1997 as a Wilson Fellow, conducting physics analysis on the top quark. He led a major piece of the Tevatron Run II detector upgrade and then headed CDF’s day-to-day operations before he was elected as the experiment’s spokesperson in 2005. In 2012 he stepped down as CDF spokesperson and went on to lead the Scientific Computing Division, which provides the facilities, tools and programming necessary to conduct experiments and analyze data. Roser took over the CIO role in early 2014.

As CIO, Roser oversaw the implementation of many tools that LBNF and DUNE collaborators use on a daily basis, including cybersecurity modernizations that provide greater segmentation between Fermilab’s business systems and its scientific mission; the audio and web conferencing system, Zoom; and VOIP, which enables Fermilab-connected collaborators to receive their office phone calls on their computer or cellular device anywhere in the world.

“I am looking forward to this new chapter in my career and to helping make Fermilab’s flagship project a success,” said Roser.

Roser recognizes the amount of work to be done over the next 18 months to fully prepare the beamline for the DOE CD-2 review.

“In addition to hardening the design, I am eager to attract additional international partners to ensure that this facility we are building is both the best that it can be and truly representative of an international science project hosted on U.S. soil — what we are striving for,” he said. “It’s going to be fun!”