Dr. Fulvia Pilat
Acting Associate Director for the Accelerator Division
Fulvia Pilat is the Acting Associate Director and Deputy Associate Director for Accelerators at Jefferson Lab, and the Program Lead for JLEIC, the Jefferson Lab Electron Ion Collider, a Jefferson Lab proposal for this anticipated next-generation Nuclear Physics research facility.
Pilat, an accelerator physicist, graduated with a 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 at the Superconducting Super Collider project in Texas before joining Brookhaven National Laboratory, N.Y., in 1994. There, 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, in-depth grasp of engineering and cost consequences of technical choices with her ability to forge strong collaborations to the benefit of the project.
She joined Jefferson Lab during the 12 GeV upgrade of the accelerator, and she immediately set to work to ensure that all accelerator installation activities were smoothly integrated and to ensure that testing and commissioning activities did not adversely affect the ongoing experimental program.
She became Acting Associate Director on May 1, 2017, when Associate Director Andrew Hutton stepped down. She has accepted a position as the director of the Research Accelerator Division in the Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; she plans to take on her new role at ORNL later this year.
Pilat has served as the Chair of the APS Division of Particle Beams, the main organization promoting the interest of accelerator physics in the physics community, 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 served as a Chair and reviewer in many Department of Energy (DOE), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Laboratory Management Review Committees.