As Berkeley Lab’s Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Physical Sciences, James Symons is dedicated to promoting and advancing the research of Berkeley Lab’s Accelerator Technology & Applied Physics, Engineering, Nuclear Science, and Physics divisions. Prior to his ALD appointment in October 2011, he served as the Director of the Nuclear Science Division for nine years. He was a member of the STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider from its inception until 2014. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, and has served on numerous national and international panels, including the Department of Energy and National Science Foundation’s Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC), which he chaired from 2000 to 2002. While serving as the NSAC Chair, he led the creation of the national Long Range Plan for Nuclear Science.
James Symons received his M.A. and D.Phil. in physics from Oxford University, and began his career at Berkeley Lab in 1977 as a postdoctoral fellow. His research interests are in experimental nuclear physics, including nuclear structure and relativistic heavy ion collisions.
Thomas Schenkel, Interim Director of ATAP Division, is a Senior Scientist who concurrently heads ATAP’s Fusion Science and Ion Beam Technology Program and previously served as the Division’s Deputy Director for Technology.
The FS&IBT Program has a diverse research portfolio centered on generation and application of ion beams, serving a variety of government (e.g., DOE Office of Science, ARPA-E, and NNSA) and private-sector customers. There, Schenkel established a program in quantum computer development, exploring spin qubits in silicon and diamond.
He continues in this line of research (in harmony with an emerging Lab-campus emphasis on quantum information systems) and recently co-chaired the Fusion Energy Sciences Roundtable on Quantum Information Sciences. Schenkel’s own research interests also include the BELLA-i initiative, which is adding the acceleration of ions to the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator Center’s central mission of advanced accelerator science for high-energy physics with electrons.
Schenkel earned his PhD in physics from the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, in 1997 for research on the interaction of slow, very highly charged ions (up to Th80+) with materials. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he joined Berkeley Lab in 2000.
Henrik von der Lippe was appointed Engineering Division Director in the Physical Sciences Area on March 30, 2016. He is also the Authority Having Jurisdiction for Safe Electrical Equipment, and manages the Electrical Equipment Safety Program at LBNL.
As Engineering Division Director, Henrik von der Lippe is responsible for aligning and deploying the Division’s unique design, technical fabrication, mechanical and electrical engineering, integrated circuit, and operational expertise with the scientific objectives and strategic priorities of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. There are over 230 skilled and experienced employees contributing to significant advancements in scientific instrumentation, research, and development.
Throughout his career of more than 15 years at the LBNL, von der Lippe has served in a number of technical and organizational leadership roles in the Engineering Division. Before assuming his current role as Division Director, Mr. von der Lippe was the Department Head for Electronics, Software & Instrumentation Engineering. Henrik von der Lippe is distinguished by unique achievements in custom integrated circuit (IC) design, and has led the IC group at Berkeley Lab since 2000.
Von der Lippe received a Master of Science degree in Electronic Engineering with a concentration in IC design from the University of Oslo in Norway. Prior to working at Berkeley Lab, von der Lippe fulfilled a number of engineering and managerial roles at Tandberg Data ASA and SINTEF in Oslo, Norway.
Barbara Jacak is a senior faculty scientist and the director of the Nuclear Science Division at Berkeley Lab. She is also a professor in the physics department at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. Jacak was one of the founding members of the Pioneering High Energy Nuclear Interaction eXperiment (PHENIX) at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, and was the experiment’s spokesperson from 2007 to 2012. Before joining PHENIX, she was active in CERN’s heavy ion program as a member of the Helios and E844 collaborations. She has been very active in the development of the national nuclear physics program and served on the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee’s Long Range Plan for Nuclear Science working groups in 1995, 2001, and 2006. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
A leading figure of the nuclear physics community in the United States, Jacak’s personal research focus is on the experimental study of the quark-gluon plasma. She completed her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, and her Ph.D. at Michigan State University (MSU), where her advisor was David K. Scott. After graduating from MSU, she received an Oppenheimer Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and remained on the staff there until January 1997. She then joined the faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook as a professor of physics, and was promoted to distinguished professor in 2008.
Natalie Roe, an experimental particle physicist and observational cosmologist, is the director of the Physics Division at Berkeley Lab. Highlights of her research career include the analysis of W and Z boson decays at the Fermilab Tevatron; the study of charge parity (CP) violation in B mesons with the BaBar experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center’s Asymmetric B Factory; and most recently, large astronomical surveys designed to study the mystery of dark energy, including BOSS, DES, and the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument.
She has a strong interest in instrumentation, leading the construction of the Silicon Vertex Tracker for the BaBar experiment, the fabrication of the charge-coupled devices for the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and serving as Instrument Scientist for the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). She served as group leader for Berkeley Lab’s MicroSystems Laboratory for almost 10 years.
Roe has served on many committees advising the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and national laboratories both in the United States and abroad. Roe is a founding member of Berkeley Lab’s Women Scientists and Engineers Council, and is co-leading a Laboratory-wide initiative to improve diversity and inclusion at Berkeley Lab.
Roe earned her undergraduate degree in Physics from Harvard, and her Ph.D. at Stanford, and she joined Berkeley Lab in 1989. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.