By Vickee Flynn and Nina Stolar
In organizational changes announced in early December, the
Experimental Facilities Department (EFD) from the Research Division and
Site Engineering & Maintenance (SEM) from the Technical Division were
merged into a new group reporting to the Director’s Office. The new
department reports to Steve Williams, named special assistant to the
At a meeting held in January to announce the merger of
EFD and SEM to members of the new department, Steve Williams (DO) is
flanked by Burl Skaggs, shown left, and John Weisend.
(Photo by Vickee Flynn)
John Weisend was named Department Head of the new group,
and he clarified the impact of the changes with this merger. "Our prime
mission is to provide safe, well planned and efficient support for
experiments and facilities at the Laboratory," Weisend said.
Deputy department head Burl Skaggs supports this
reorganization as a benefit to SLAC. "This is an opportunity to merge the
strengths of each group and re-establish priorities." Merging the
experimental and conventional groups enables sharing resources and ideas.
For the department organization chart, see:
All projects will have both technical and safety reviews.
Work is underway to improve documentation of utilities at the Lab. A study
is underway to develop a five-year plan for the department in order to
help support the mission of the Laboratory.
A group of safety officers reporting to Weisend will
collaborate closely with ESH staff members and other professionals. They
are Brett Groussman, Rich Jones, Jerry Pfefferkorn, Tom Sherry and Brad
What’s in a Name?
A contest was held among EFD and SEM staff to name the new
group. From about 50 entries, the winning entry was CEF, Conventional and
Experimental Facilities Department. Phil Cutino, Ted Fieguth and Ken Yang
submitted the winning entries.
Same Service Request Contacts
While the name has changed, service desk procedures remain
in place. Please continue to submit your requests to the CEF Service Desk
firstname.lastname@example.org). For on-line service requests, see: