How long have you been at Fermilab?
I got my original Fermilab badge in 1997 and have been a user here for 18 years. I’m a Chicago native and long-time collaborator with Fermilab and Argonne. I worked at Argonne from 1993 to 2011.
What does your typical day at Fermilab look like?
It’s totally crazy because I have so much to do when visiting. I do a lot of different things, from attending meetings to writing proposals. I participate in technical meetings and technical planning. I was an elected member of the Users Executive Committee from 2013 to 2015, adding to my daily routine at Fermilab. I’m also a professor of electrical engineering at Colorado State University, so I mentor my students stationed at Fermilab.
What kind of projects do you work on here?
I worked on a previous Fermilab experiment called HyperCP. Since starting at Colorado State, I have been working on controls, accelerator designs, PXIE and most recently on the horns — all with my students.
What do you love about working at Fermilab?
The camaraderie. I’ve had so many wonderful moments with the people here I can’t even think of just one. Every day is special here. This is my science and engineering family.
You own a house on a home tour in Chicago. How’d that happen?
I’m a really task-oriented person. In national laboratories, and in science in general, we usually do things on the longer term, and it’s nice to have shorter-term projects outside the lab and the university. It keeps me centered. I really like preservation of old houses. I had the opportunity to buy the home of a famous artist in Chicago who recently passed away, the Ingersoll-Blackwelder House. I’m in the process of rehabbing it right now. It was part of the Beverly Hills-Morgan Park Home Tour in May.
What is something people might not know about you?
There are a couple of things. I love to cook for family and friends. Also, I might seem really outgoing, but it’s actually hard for me to let people in. Being at a place like Fermilab makes that easier though. It’s a place where you can rely on the people and they know what you are thinking. We are somehow all of (almost) the same mold. Somebody couldn’t ask for better friends.