Amber Boehnlein is Jefferson Lab’s Chief Information Officer. As CIO, she is responsible for the lab’s Information Technology Division as well as the lab’s IT systems, including scientific data analysis, high-performance computing, IT infrastructure and cyber security.
Boehnlein arrived at Jefferson Lab in June 2015 with extensive knowledge, skills and experience from her years at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a Department of Energy appointment, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
Boehnlein led the Computing Division at SLAC from 2011 until accepting her current assignment. At SLAC she gained expertise in computational physics relevant to light sources and large scale databases for astrophysics, as well as overseeing the hardware computing systems for the High-Energy Physics (HEP) program. Prior to her time at SLAC, Boehnlein served a three-year assignment as the Department of Energy’s Office of High Energy Physics program manager for the U.S. Large Hadron Collider Detector Operations program. During that time she also managed three Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing, or SciDAC, programs in the HEP office.
Prior to the DOE assignment, Boehnlein worked at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory as a staff scientist in the Computing Division, ultimately being responsible for the computing and application support for all Fermilab-based experiments. From 1991-2013, Boehnlein was a member of the DØ (DZero) experimental collaboration at Fermilab, which included serving as the collaboration’s computing and software coordinator from 1999-2006.
Boehnlein has a particular interest in issues concerning the management and use of research data. She serves on national and international advisory boards in areas related to research computing and particle physics.
She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1984 at Miami University followed by a Doctorate in Physics in 1990 at Florida State University.