Previous Leadership - Fulvia Pilat

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Dr. Fulvia Pilat
Former Acting Associate Director for the Accelerator Division

Fulvia Pilat served as the Acting Associate Director and Deputy Associate Director for Accelerators at Jefferson Lab and as the Program Lead for JLEIC, the Jefferson Lab Electron Ion Collider, a proposed next-generation Nuclear Physics research facility.

Pilat, an accelerator physicist, earned her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Trieste, Italy, in 1986, with a thesis on accelerator nonlinear dynamics sponsored by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). After a fellowship at CERN, she worked on the Superconducting Super Collider project in Texas before joining Brookhaven National Laboratory, N.Y., in 1994. At Brookhaven, Pilat led commissioning activities and the program for beam experiments at RHIC, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. In 2005, she became the Head of Operations for RHIC and its injectors.

She joined Jefferson Lab in 2010 as the Deputy Associate Director for the Accelerator Division. Since 2014, Pilat simultaneously held the position of Accelerator program director for the Jefferson Lab Electron-Ion Collider initiative, applying her expertise in accelerator physics, engineering, and cost consequences of technical choices to benefit the project.

Pilat joined Jefferson Lab during the 12 GeV upgrade of the accelerator, where she ensured that all accelerator installation activities were smoothly integrated and that testing and commissioning activities did not adversely affect the ongoing experimental program.

She became Acting Associate Director on May 1, 2017, following the departure of Associate Director Andrew Hutton. Pilat accepted a position as the director of the Research Accelerator Division in the Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She planned to assume her new role at ORNL later that year.

Pilat has served as the Chair of the APS Division of Particle Beams, the Local Organizing Committee Chair for the 2015 International Particle Accelerator Conference held in Richmond, Va. She is a member of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel and was elected Chair of the IEEE PAST Committee, which promotes accelerators in the engineering community. She has also served as a Chair and reviewer in many Department of Energy (DOE), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Laboratory Management Review Committees. Pilat's last day at Jefferson Lab as Acting AD was Nov. 10, 2017.