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Sims selected as SLAC project director

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 12:33 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 12:35 p.m. CST

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Jeff Sims, a 1986 graduate of Tiskilwa High School, was recently chosen to lead the Projects Division at Stanford University Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC).

In that capacity, Sims will lead a team that is responsible to deliver cutting edge research related construction projects. Sims has spent 23 years designing, building and managing both conventional and technical projects, including the last 16 years at research laboratories.

“I am very excited about joining Stanford,” Sims said. “I have had the great fortune to work with SLAC many times over the last 10 years – I have a lot of friends here – and I’m really looking forward to being part of the team and contributing to the lab’s vital research mission.”

After graduating from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in structural engineering, Sims worked as an engineering consultant. In 1996, Sims joined the facilities group at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He is a licensed professional engineer, licensed structural engineer and certified project management professional.

After nine years at Fermilab, Sims was hired as project manager for the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, From there, he became Argonne’s program manager for major projects.

Sims, who also attended Illinois Valley Community College, is the son of William “Cletus” Sims and the late Thetis Sims. He is married to Carrie (Galassi) Sims, a 1986 graduate of Princeton High School. They will reside in Half Moon Bay, Calif., with their two sons, Ben and David.

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