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 June 21, 2008

Eric Prebys (PhD, Physics, 1990) Appointed Leader of U.S. LHC Accelerator Research Program (LARP)

Eric Prebys, head of the Proton-Source Department at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) and one of our outstanding former Physics graduate students, has been appointed leader of the U.S. Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Accelerator Research Program (LARP). Eric will lead activities at affiliated universities and at four major U.S. national laboratories: Brookhaven, Fermilab, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. LARP's mission is to develop advanced instrumentation and new superconducting magnets for the LHC in Geneva, Switzerland. More than 50% of U.S. experimental particle physicists are working on the LHC project, including University of Rochester faculty who are working on the Compact Muon Spectrometer (CMS) experiment.

At the University of Rochester, Eric was a Sproull Fellow and a PhD student of the late Fred Lobkowicz on Fermilab experiment E706 from 1984 to 1990.

Eric spent the next two years as a Scientific Associate at CERN, where the LHC is located. From 1992 to 2001, Eric was a Research Associate and then an Assistant Professor of Physics at Princeton University. In 2001, he joined the Proton Source Department at Fermilab and was promoted to Department Head in 2003. Eric also manages the Proton Plan project, which coordinates proton-related activities throughout numerous Fermilab departments.

As with all of our outstanding alumni, the Physics Department is very proud of Eric Prebys, and we wish him great success.

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