Accelerator Traineeship Advisory Panel (ATAP)

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). 


19 May 2020

ATAP held a meeting via remote participation on 19 May 2020. The focus was to review the Accelerator Science and Engineering Traineeship (ASET) program at MSU and to provide recommendations to the FRIB Laboratory director. ASET is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (Office of High Energy Physics), and a DOE-SC representative participated in the meeting.

ATAP was pleased with the improvement in many areas of the overall program through its first two years. ATAP congratulated the ASET team for many of the accomplishments in the past year including a streamlining of the ASET courses, continued excellent recruiting results, progressing students into research, linking to national laboratories and industry in spite of COVID-19, and continuing the workforce survey from the community. The ATAP panel said this bodes well for the future of the program.

ATAP heard presentations from the ASET team as well as reports from the students. ATAP was impressed by the students’ thoughtful and clear presentations, and said the breadth of topics was commendable. It also thanked the students for a lively and informative lunch discussion session.

The ASET leadership team reported that six students (four PhD and two MS) are graduating this year, and six new students were admitted for the 2020-21 academic year. This represents a steady-state model, in line with the MSU grant proposal, with twenty-four students currently participating in this program. The ATAP panel also congratulated the ASET team with establishing the ASET Degree Certificate in MSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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

The next ATAP meeting is May 2021.

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