Jim Zagel retires from Fermilab

Jim Zagel

Electrical engineer Jim Zagel came to Fermilab in 1978 and started his lab career in the Accelerator Division Controls Group. Nearly 40 years later, he is retiring. His last day at the lab is Friday, April 13.

His first assignment was to design a vacuum system interface into the accelerator control system for the test string of superconducting magnets Fermilab was developing for the accelerator that would eventually become the Tevatron.

In 1990, he joined the Instrumentation Department, where he developed instrumentation and controls for the Antiproton Source, the Main Injector, and the Recycler. He also worked on beam profile monitoring systems, in addition to many interesting international collaborations and standalone projects.

Zagel is passionate about science education and is active in Fermilab’s outreach programs, visiting elementary and middle school classrooms to talk with students about his work in a STEM field. He has also participated in educational activities at the lab, including Family Open Houses and STEM Career Expos.

Zagel plans to continue his outreach to students as he enjoys life during retirement.

“I’ve enjoyed working with some truly magnificent people at the lab,” Zagel said.

Say farewell to Zagel at his retirement reception on Friday, April 13, from 2-3 p.m. in the Huddle, located in Cross Gallery West.