When Roger Nehring came to Fermilab in 1978, he started as a lab technician, conducting basic electronics tasks such as soldering circuit boards. Then he took on increasingly ambitious tasks and greater responsibility, advancing to an engineer associate, his current position. Now after 30-plus years and many a project well done, he is retiring. His last day is Sept. 10.
A Technical Division employee, Nehring works primarily in electronics. As he gained familiarity with the field, building and testing signal cables, he moved into designing both printed circuit boards and complete test systems. One of the highlights of his early career was designing an analog quench detection circuit in 1986 for testing magnets intended for the Superconducting Super Collider. These modules were so reliable and easy to use that people still use them as backups today, more than 25 years later, even though the current state of electronics has advanced well past the design.
More recently Nehring has worked with design teams to write software code for controlling complex machines such as the cavity tuning machine, Selva coil winding machine, and quench detection for both the MICE coupling coil solenoid and Mu2e transfer solenoid tests.
After he leaves the lab, Nehring will have time to do more boating, fishing, hunting and target shooting.
“Being born and raised in northern Wisconsin, I’ve always been an outdoorsman,” he said. “My wife and I plan to move to Florida to a large boating community and, like typical snow birds, will retreat to Wisconsin in the summer.”
Say goodbye to Nehring over coffee and cake in Industrial Building 1 on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 2:30-3:30 p.m.