New Argonne Director Tours the Advanced Photon Source (APS)

During a recent tour of the APS, Hermann Grunder, newly appointed Director of Argonne National Laboratory, expressed great enthusiasm for the quality and diversity of scientific research being conducted here. Grunder walked the complete accelerator complex, beginning in the Linac, viewing the Low Energy Undulator Test Line, walking through parts of the booster tunnel and storage ring, stopping in the control room, and covering the entire experiment hall floor. As he stopped and spoke with various users, he expressed his eagerness to know more about each of their scientific programs and reiterated his excitement about the world-class science taking place at the APS.

Grunder came to Argonne from the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia, where he served as the director from 1985 until November 1 of this year. Prior to 1985, Grunder was the deputy director of general sciences at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California. He has published extensively in the areas of nuclear physics, high-energy and heavy-ion accelerators, applications of accelerators in medical research, and accelerator technology, and holds a doctorate in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Basel and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.

In describing his vision for Argonne and the Advanced Photon Source, Grunder stated that we should have "one goal and one goal only: to do the best science and technology that we know how."