One minute with Curtis Danner, technical supervisor

Curtis Danner, certified electronics technician, works for the Particle Physics Division. Photo: Reidar Hahn

How long have you been at Fermilab?
I started working at Fermilab 43 years ago, when it was called the National Accelerator Laboratory. I was told two things during my first interviews that came true: You will be wearing eyeglasses, and you will become a jack of all trades. Additionally, I have been working for the Office of Education overseeing the repair of Lederman Science Center exhibits for 18 years. I am currently in the PPD Electrical Engineering – Infrastructure Support Group.

How did you get involved with working on exhibits at the Lederman Center?
In 1994 Marge Bardeen, head of the Education Office, was looking for help with the exhibits, which used lots of electronics. She needed someone to help with electronics support.

What is a typical day for you like?
I first check e-mails to see who is requesting help or support. We provide electronic support to all experiments, visiting scientists and users coming to us for assistance.

What is the best part of your job?
I like that every day here is different. I also enjoy the campus atmosphere, talented personnel, state-of-the-art equipment and enormous resources to build almost any machine that the experimenters here can dream of.

What do you do for fun?
My two grandsons keep me busy—they have adapted to technology at an early age, so I try to provide guidance to keep them interested. Although the 4-year-old wants to be a racecar driver, so I have to work on him more. I also enjoy reading technical books and magazines and watching television.

Sarah Khan

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