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Management Plan: More Information

In order to carry out a program that addresses the technical challenges of exploring options for far-future frontier colliders, the USMDP will:

  • Integrate the efforts of U.S. laboratories, universities and industry to maximize effectiveness in achieving Program goals.
  • Manage the Program with well-defined deliverables and clear reporting lines integrated with relevant R&D efforts of international partners.
  • Manage the Program with clear milestones and budget profile to carry out the approved program scope and goals.

LBNL serves as the host institution for the MDP organization. The Program Director and Program Management Office are based at LBNL.

Responsibility Matrix

The early emphasis of the Program is to integrate the participating institutions via working groups and collaborative tasks in a way that makes the most effective use of the overall available resources. The philosophy is that each partner should own a stake in the primary Program activities via coordinated activities and responsibilities. Location and management of activities will be based on interests, capabilities aligned with Program goals, and available facilities of the participating institutions. Participation in the near term is limited by the current DOE funding level and distribution.

The management structure outlined here provides a system of checks and balances to allow conflict resolution to occur, i.e., technical issues can be resolved with the aid of the Technical Advisory Committee, and institutional issues can be resolved via the Program Oversight Board.


Management Structure

USMDP management structure as of 30 September 2020

USMDP management structure as of 30 September 2020

The DOE Office of High Energy Physics has designated a Program Manager to oversee MDP from within the agency. At LBNL, a Program Director (L1 Manager) has been appointed. An MDP Deputy has been appointed by the Program Director to support activities in the Management Office.

A Program Oversight Board and advisory committee are incorporated into the MDP organizational structure.

Program Oversight Board

The MDP Program Oversight Board (POB) provides a coordinated communication channel between the LBNL Directorate and the directorates of the U.S. DOE laboratories in MDP. It advises the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences. The POB meets at least once per year to discuss issues of joint policy or strategy, or MDP access and/or use of specific Laboratory infrastructure. Most meetings are by phone, email or video conference.

Technical Advisory Committee Members
Andrew Lankford, UC Irvine (Chair)
Davide Tommasini, CERN
Akira Yamamoto, KEK
Joe Minervini, MIT
Giorgio Apollinari, FNAL (LARP/Hi-Lumi)
Mark Palmer, BNL

MDP Technical Advisory Committee
The MDP Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is composed of a combination of technical experts appointed by the Program Director, and institutional representatives appointed in consultation with participating laboratory management. The committee chair is appointed by the Program Director. The TAC is convened by the Program Director on an as-needed basis to provide advice on technical issues that may arise.

Technical Reviews and Workshops — Community Input and Expansion of Participation

A Technical Workshop will be organized at least once per year for L1 and PI update reports on current activities and to provide a forum for community input on the MDP scope and direction. This is the primary mechanism for augmenting or modifying the program scope and expanding participation in the program.

Host Lab Authorities and Responsibilities

The primary role of LBNL, as Host Laboratory, is to provide institutional commitment to the success of the program. In fulfilling this role, LBNL provides both support of program management and also institutional oversight. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Chairing the Program Oversight Board.
  • Provision of administrative support for the Program Director, including assistance in financial reporting.
  • Advising the DOE Office of High Energy Physics on programmatic and policy issues arising within the Program.

MDP Director Function and Responsibilities

The MDP Director is responsible for:

  • Coordinating the overall MDP. This includes establishing technical policy, setting MDP priorities, and allocating funds to all institutions receiving support from the U.S. Department of Energy through the MDP.
  • Implementing a program management plan that defines the management and reporting structure and provides clearly defined responsibilities within that structure.
  • Establishing and maintaining close interactions with host laboratory management (Physical Sciences Associate Laboratory Director and ATAP Division Director) and with the stakeholders of the MDP, including the funding agency, laboratories, universities and other institutional participants.
  • Maintaining a multi-year program execution plan for MDP activities that:
      • — Defines the major research goals and objectives.
      • — Clearly identifies the required personnel resources and funding profile.
      • — Utilizes suitable program management tools in order to execute an R&D program of this size.
      • — Ensures timely design choices and selections between competing technologies.
      • — Provides a clear set of milestones and deliverables against which progress can be evaluated.
      — Provides technical, cost and schedule reports on a quarterly basis to LBNL management and the DOE-HEP.


Meet the Management Team

Soren Prestemon

Soren Prestemon
USMDP Director

George Velev

Gueorgui (George) Velev
USMDP Deputy

Alexander Zlobin

Alexander V. Zlobin

David Larbalestier

David Larbalestier
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University
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Lance Cooley

Prof. Lance Cooley
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University

Kathleen Amm

Kathleen Amm
Brookhaven National Laboratory
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Steve Gourlay
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory