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). 

Meetings

22 May

ATAP held a meeting at FRIB on 22 May. 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 Department of Energy – Office of Science (DOE-OS) mission, and to provide recommendations to the FRIB Laboratory director.

ATAP found that the ASET program is performing well and is attracting students in all four areas of interest (physics and engineering of large accelerators, superconducting radio-frequency technology, radio-frequency power engineering, and large-scale cryogenic systems). The program is already exceeding its proposed enrollment count of students.

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.

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

ATAP has planned a half-day remote meeting in December, and a one-day meeting at FRIB in May 2019.