USPAS presents Iron Man service awards

US Particle Accelerator School Director Bill Barletta (center) presents Don Cossairt of ESH&Q (left) and Mike Syphers of Northern Illinois University and Fermilab (right) with the first USPAS “Iron Man” service recognition awards. Photo courtesy of Irina Novitski, AD

US Particle Accelerator School Director Bill Barletta (center) presents Don Cossairt of ESH&Q (left) and Mike Syphers of Northern Illinois University and Fermilab (right) with the first USPAS “Iron Man” service recognition awards. Photo courtesy of Irina Novitski, AD

During this winter’s session of the U.S. Particle Accelerator School hosted by the University of Texas at Austin, we awarded the first “Iron Man” service recognitions to the two faculty members who have taught the most USPAS courses over the more than 50 university-style sessions since 1987.

The two awardees, Don Cossairt (ESH&Q) and Mike Syphers (NIU/Fermilab) have made indispensable contributions to training the present and future scientists and technologists who are essential to the vitality of the accelerators of the DOE Office of Science.

For the 13th time, Don has taught the course “Radiation Physics, Regulation and Management” to students ranging from accelerator physicists to engineers to radiation protection professionals. In addition to carrying the usual academic credit associated with USPAS courses, Don’s classes also carry continuing education credit from the American Academy of Health Physics. Such credit is essential for health physics professionals to maintain their professional certification. To bolster his classroom presentations, Don has written an impressive set of course materials (available as Fermilab TM-1834 “Radiation Physics for Personnel and Environmental Protection”) and has mentored many co-instructors.

We honored our most frequent lecturer, Mike Syphers, for teaching a record 15 times. Mike is rightly proud that, since 1988, he has taught more than 500 USPAS students. Many accelerator scientists and engineers credit Mike with helping them decide on a career in our field. With Don Edwards, Mike also co-authored the textbook “An Introduction to the Physics of High Energy Accelerators,” a mainstay in the field and the most-often used textbook at the USPAS. Don and Mike were both honored “in recognition and appreciation of exceptional contributions in teaching at USPAS sessions.”

William Barletta is the director of the U.S. Particle Accelerator School.