Accelerator Traineeship Advisory Panel meeting: 17 May 2019

The Accelerator Traineeship Advisory Panel (ATAP) is a national advisory committee established to help guide MSU’s Accelerator Science and Engineering Traineeship program and its outcomes. Members are Alexander Chao (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory – retired), Michael Harrison (Brookhaven National Laboratory), and Sergei Nagaitsev (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory). 


17 MAY 2019

ATAP held a meeting at FRIB on 17 May 2019. The main focus of the meeting was to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the Accelerator Science and Engineering Traineeship (ASET) program at MSU, its relevance to the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (Office of High Energy Physics) mission, and to provide recommendations to the FRIB Laboratory director.

ATAP was pleased that there are accelerator science and technology students at MSU, not related to the ASET program, creating added value to the program and leveraging available resources. ATAP also was pleased with recruitment efforts, the new website, the connection to the U.S. Particle Accelerator School and to the Lee Teng Undergraduate Fellowship in Accelerator Science and Engineering program at Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Finally, ATAP was impressed by the support from the physics-astronomy, electrical and computer-engineering, and mechanical-engineering graduate programs at MSU, and also supports the Accelerator Science and Engineering certification.

The ATAP heard presentations from the ASET team as well as reports from the students. The ASET presentations were informative in terms of the program status and its next goals, and addressed all the issues brought up at the 2018 ATAP meeting. The ATAP also enjoyed the student reports, which it found were of high quality, in excellent alignment with the ASET goals up to the present stage of the ASET project.

ASET is at a stage of completing its second year. As envisioned, this is the time when the top priority begins to shift from student recruiting and establishing the curriculum to the initiation of research at the national laboratories. Much of the ATAP discussions focused on this transition issue, which was to be expected from the charge questions to the Panel.

ATAP wishes to emphasize its observation that the MSU commitment to the ASET program is evident. This is important as the leverage from MSU is the biggest asset of ASET.

ATAP provided detailed answers to all charge questions and made suggestions to advance the ASET program.

The next ATAP meeting is on 19 May 2020.