Adapted from Fermilab’s article of 22 May 2018 titled Patrick Weber to lead Fermilab’s South Dakota Services Division.
LBNF and DUNE together represent the largest construction project to date that Fermilab has managed across multiple states, with infrastructure at Fermilab’s Illinois site and in space leased by Fermilab at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota.
To support LBNF, DUNE, and other DOE-funded experiments that will operate at Sanford Lab, Fermilab has established a new organizational unit there and hired South Dakota native Patrick Weber to lead it. He started June 11.
Weber most recently served as policy advisor to South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard. As part of his broad portfolio within the governor’s office, Weber worked with the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) that operates Sanford Lab.
“Two of the things I’ve loved best about being in the governor’s office are getting to confront a wide range of issues and being involved with SDSTA and DUNE,” Weber said. “Working for Fermilab, I look forward to addressing a different, but still wide, range of issues and focusing on a project that I’m genuinely passionate about.”
Prior to starting, Weber visited Sanford Lab, Fermilab and the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, another key partner in LBNF/DUNE. As head of Fermilab’s South Dakota Services Division, he will work to maintain a strong partnership with Sanford Lab while providing the scientists and engineers working in South Dakota on LBNF/DUNE with the same operational and support services they would enjoy at Fermilab’s main site in Illinois.
“Patrick’s experience in South Dakota government and education and his expertise in navigating challenging issues across a wide range of stakeholders will be a real asset to Fermilab and to LBNF/DUNE in the years ahead,” said Fermilab Deputy Director for LBNF Chris Mossey. “We are excited to have him joining the team, supporting Fermilab activities and the construction project in South Dakota, and strengthening our partnerships with SDSTA, SURF and the state of South Dakota.”