Pier Oddone, the director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, announced today that he would be stepping down from the post he has held since 2005. He will stay on until July 2013. “It’s time for the new generation,” says Oddone. “I don’t believe in old war horses.”
Oddone says that he would like to be remembered for putting in place a transition plan for the lab, which lost its signature machine with the retirement of the Tevatron in 2011. He says that he would have retired earlier this year, but he first had to deal with a difficult presidential budget request, and he also wanted to develop a phased plan for the embattled Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment, which is key in the lab’s shift from the energy frontier to the intensity frontier.
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