How long have you worked here?
I started as a summer student in 2003. I was 17. Then I became a full-time contractor in 2007. Now I’ve officially been working at Fermilab since April of 2015. So, all in all, about 13 years.
What brought you here?
I kind of grew up with this place. I was born in Aurora, so it’s always been in my neighborhood. I just always had an interest in science. So I did the summer internship when I was a kid. Becoming a tech was a natural progression from that.
What does a typical workday look like for you?
These days, it really changes a lot. I’m working a lot on electrical testing. Then I’ll go work on some combination of metallography, which involves polishing and sample preparation for microscopic examination. I’m also training to do some project controls work, too.
What part of the job do you enjoy most?
I like the project controls stuff. Planning is kind of my strength. I enjoy being able to see the big picture.
Speaking of planning, you also are in the Employee Advisory Group. What do you do for that?
What I’ve personally been involved with in the group is a committee that’s revitalized the mentorship program at Fermilab. I’m watching all these people retire and take their knowledge with them, and I’d like to see something like the mentorship program used with succession planning.
You’re also a part of the Fermilab Women’s Initiative group.
The Women’s Initiative is in the process of reinventing itself. We’re revamping our mission, and we’re being a voice for women at Fermilab – because we need one.
What do you do in your spare time?
I play music. The main thing I do is klezmer, which is Eastern European Jewish music. I lead an eight- to 20-piece band, depending on the day, called Chicken Fat Klezmer Orchestra. We play at bars and bar mitzvahs. It’s a blast.
What do you play?
I mainly play the saxophone, but I play a couple other things too. I play on and off a bit with a soul band, and I play with my own trio. The trio does music across the board. My favorite thing to play with them is a medley of “Autumn Leaves,” a jazz standard, and “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor as a waltz.