The South Dakota Science and Technology Authority that oversees the Sanford deep underground laboratory at the old Homestake mine in Lead has a new member.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed Robert Wilson, a faculty member at Colorado State University. He succeeds attorney Tom Adam of Pierre as a member of the authority’s board of directors.
Wilson earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1983 and joined the CSU faculty in 1992. His career in physics led him to major participation in the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment conducted between Fermi laboratory near Chicago and the Lead lab. He was named a co-leader for the project in 2012. His explanation of what he does was published in a Colorado newspaper in July.
The authority essentially serves as the landlord for the mine site at Lead. The authority’s executive director is Mike Headley.
The directors tend to be members of South Dakota’s business and legal community. Wilson is the latest university researcher to be chosen for the board. In 2009 Gov. Mike Rounds appointed Ani Aprahamian from the University of Notre Dame University, where she is a professor of experimental nuclear physics.