The I.FAST Governing Board announced the election by consensus of José Manuel Pérez as its Chair. José Manuel Pérez, presently Head of the Department of Technology at Spain’s CIEMAT took office as Chair on 05 October 2021 for a duration of two years.
Pérez bring an expertise in compact accelerators, scientific instrumentation and biomedical applications of accelerator technologies. Since 2010, he acts as Head of the Department of Technology at CIEMAT. He is also member of the Governing Board of the public company ENRESA since 2017 and was the chairman of the European Consortium for Accelerators Test Infrastructure and Research from 2016 to 2019.
“The election of a Chair with a wide experience in technologies developed in connection with industry confirms the strong technological and industrial orientation of this project, which is going to explore new territories in terms of accelerator technologies and of the modalities to develop them”, explains Maurizio Vretenar, I.FAST Project Coordinator.
On the same occasion, the Governing Board appointed the members of its Scientific Advisory Committee and Industrial Advisory Board, thus completing the I.FAST management and supporting teams.“We are now ready to face the challenges of this complex project”, notes Maurizio.
Composed of scientists with expertise in the activity areas of the project, the I.FAST Scientific Advisory Committee advises on technical and strategic matters discussed by the Steering Committee. It will be composed of:
- Akira Yamamoto, Head of Linear Collider Project Office at KEK, expert in applied superconductivity, and already a member of EuCARD2, ARIES and AMICI SAC. He has a wide competence and experience in EU projects.
- Carsten Welsch, Head of Physics Department at the University of Liverpool. He participated in many accelerator projects, and has wide expertise in beam instrumentation and optics and science communication and outreach.
- Michiko Minty, Head of Accelerator Division at the BNL Collider Accelerator Department, has wide experience in accelerator design and beam optics.
The Industrial Advisory Board provides industry opinions regarding the potential of technologies developed in I.FAST, and helps defining suitable business plans. Špela Stres, currently Director of the Center for Technology Transfer and Innovation (CTT) for Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia and visiting lecturer at University of Ljubljana, will chair this board gathering companies from all around Europe.