Acclaimed scientist and activist Temple Grandin takes tour of Fermilab

Temple Grandin, right, toured Fermilab on Friday, May 15, and had lunch with the Women’s Initiative. From left: Yun He, TD; Christine Ader, AD; Lucy Nobrega, AD; Temple Grandin. Photo: Michael McGee, AD

Professor, best-selling author and sought-after speaker Temple Grandin gave two sold-out talks at Fermilab as part of the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series. She toured Fermilab during her visit on Friday, May 15. She also had lunch with the Fermilab Women’s Initiative.

On the tour, Grandin visited the Linac, Main Control Room, MI-8, the Muon g-2 storage magnet, MINOS, NML, the Village machine shop and the Mechanical Support Drafting Department in the Accelerator Division.

As someone who has always been attracted to mechanical components and drawings, Grandin sat down with Fermilab drafter Eric Pirtle, who showed her 3-D drawings of an accelerator tunnel.

Grandin herself learned to draft by sitting down with a drafter and memorizing drafting steps. She then drafted and designed equipment to handle cattle. Her design of a cattle track restrainer system is now used for half the cattle in North America.