The LCLS II Project Manager serves as the senior team lead for Jefferson Lab work for the Linac Coherent Light Source II (LCLS II) project at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and interfaces with other national laboratories that are central in this project.
The project manager/senior team lead is responsible for Jefferson Lab attaining all its project objectives and commitments, ensuring that Jefferson Lab accomplishes its work within the agreed upon budget and schedules, and meeting technical specifications.
Preble started his career with particle accelerators in 1986 at Stony Brook University where he was the Director of Operations for the university's heavy ion accelerator. This accelerator included a superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) linear accelerator (linac) made up of split loop resonators. In 1989, Preble moved to the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility, now Jefferson Lab, as a test engineer. He became responsible for the assembly, test, installation, and commissioning of the SRF cryomodules for the CEBAF accelerator.
Since then, Preble has been involved in the design and production of all the SRF cryomodules produced at Jefferson Lab. After spending two years, 2010-2011, working on the ITER fusion project in France, he returned to Jefferson Lab as the SRF Operations Department Manager. In this position, working with the SRF R&D Department, Preble was responsible for the facilities, engineering, and production of the SRF systems at Jefferson Lab, as well as the operational support of the CEBAF and Low Energy Recirculator Facility (formerly the Free-Electron Laser) accelerators at Jefferson Lab. He accepted his current position effective Sept. 1, 2015.