Dr. Michael Spata
Interim Associate Director, Accelerator Division
As the Interim Associate Director, Mike Spata is responsible for leading more than 160 scientists, engineers and technical staff in the Accelerator Division. He has more than 30 years of experience in the field of Accelerator Science and Technology covering design, construction, operations, R&D and management of scientific staff.
Spata earned B.S. degrees in Physics and Astronomy from Stony Brook University in 1990. While at the university he spent three years working at the Nuclear Structure Laboratory, providing operations, maintenance and upgrade support for the 9 MV Tandem Van de Graaff heavy ion injector and 14 MeV/q superconducting linear accelerator.
Spata first came to Jefferson Lab (then CEBAF) in 1989 as a summer undergraduate intern working in the Superconducting Radiofrequency (SRF) Division. He was a member of the First Cryomodule Team with the responsibility of installing the waveguide distribution system in the Cryomodule Test Facility and fabricating components for the first 1/4 cryomodule mechanical assembly. After completing his undergraduate degrees, Spata returned to the laboratory as an Associate Coordinator in the SRF Division working on ceramic RF window fabrication and testing, cryomodule commissioning and design/installation for the offline R&D Surface Deposition clean room.
Spata joined the CEBAF Operations Group in 1993 as an Accelerator Operator and left the group in 2004 after serving as a Crew Chief, Deputy Group Leader and ultimately Group Leader.
He joined Jefferson Lab’s Center for Advanced Studies of Accelerators (CASA) as a staff scientist in 2006. He entered the Ph.D. program at Old Dominion University that same year and completed his degree in Accelerator Physics in 2012. During this period he also served as Control Account Manager for the CEBAF 12 GeV Upgrade, responsible for instrumentation and controls, diagnostics, beam extraction systems, safety systems and the development of the commissioning plan. Spata assumed the leadership role for CASA in 2014 and has led this team of scientists and engineers in the areas of accelerator physics R&D, computational physics and diagnostics development.