Fermilab Director Pier Oddone announced in August that he will retire on July 1, 2013, prompting Fermi Research Alliance, LLC to appoint a 16-member committee to conduct an international search for his successor. The committee, led by former Lockheed Martin chairman and CEO Norman Augustine, seeks input from the particle physics community and Fermilab employees throughout the search process.
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Fermi Research Alliance (FRA), is a tax exempt limited liability company (LLC) organized and operated for charitable, scientific and educational purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The two members of FRA are the University of Chicago and the Universities Research Association (URA).
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded to FRA the management and operating contract for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), effective January 1, 2007. In 2010, FRA earned a three-year extension to the contract.
FRA builds on URA's 40-year record of performance in the management and operation of Fermilab and the University of Chicago's leadership since Argonne National Laboratory's (Argonne) founding as the first national laboratory. With designated subcontractor EG&G/URS, the FRA team brings resources, collaborations, and best practices to address the Laboratory's challenges and opportunities.
FRA supports Laboratory Director Pier Oddone's long-term vision and total commitment to discovery, to the DOE scientific mission, and to ensuring our nation's continued preeminence in particle physics.