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Wim Leemans to Leave Lab and Lead Accelerator Division at DESY

Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics (ATAP) Division Director Wim Leemans is leaving Berkeley Lab to become the next director of the Accelerator Division at Germany’s DESY laboratory.

Leemans oversaw many firsts in laser-plasma acceleration R&D during his 27-year career at the Lab, and established and built up the BELLA Center into a world-class center for advanced accelerator R&D. For the past five years he led the transformation of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division into the ATAP Division and oversaw the broadening of the vision and mission of its research and the creation of several new programs.

He will begin his new role at DESY on Feb. 1, 2019.

Thomas Schenkel, ATAP division deputy for technology and head of the Fusion Science and Ion Beam Technology Program, will lead ATAP on an interim basis during the search for a permanent division director.

“DESY is one of the leading accelerator laboratories in the world,” noted Director Mike Witherell. “This is an exceptional opportunity for Wim to apply his leadership skills to a major accelerator complex, encompassing all aspects of the field, including R&D, construction, and machine operations.”

At DESY, Leemans will be the director of DESY’s accelerator division, responsible for the operation of the FLASH and XFEL free-electron lasers, the PETRA III light source, and the stewardship of a diverse Advanced Accelerator R&D program. More>