My vision of Fermilab is that it will continue to expand its role as a major international research facility with a world-leading research program at the forefront of particle physics.
I believe the priorities of the Fermilab UEC are to continuously improve the working environment of all users of the lab, to enthusiastically communicate the exciting research performed at the lab, and to foster the relationship with Congress and the Government. If elected, I will work with users of the lab in meeting these priorities. The UEC has, and continues to play, a critical role in advocating the interests of Fermilab in particular and the particle scientist community in general in Washington. As a member of the UEC, I would work to communicate with lawmakers and funding agencies, emphasizing the importance of funding basic research and making the public aware of the importance of Fermilab’s research. I will help ensure that Fermilab continues to obtain the resources needed to maintain a healthy program and to define the vision for the future of our field.
I am currently a member of the CMS collaboration and frequently commute from Purdue to Fermilab in order to participate in the activities of the LHC Physics Center as a Distinguished Researcher. As a university user who regularly commutes to Fermilab, I can represent the interests of university users well. If elected to the UEC I will seek practical ways for scientists at universities to more effectively collaborate with Fermilab and will represent the US CMS community working at the lab.
Similarly, I will work on promoting and maintaining a healthy, friendly and productive environment for all users of the lab. I have experience in working at labs and universities in the US and in Europe and I am familiar with issues related to visas and immigration bureaucracy. If elected to the UEC I will contribute to the activities of the Quality of Life committee and look forward to address problems international users have to cope with while working at the lab.
I am very optimistic about the future of Fermilab and the discoveries that will be made in the next decade and beyond.
My home web page can be found at: http://www.physics.purdue.edu/people/faculty/neumeister.html