Rusy started at the lab in 1981 as a FTE Mech. Tech 1 out at Lab2 in the village, working up through the ranks to Tech Spec. before becoming Operations Administrator for the superconducting R & D lab in IB3A. At Lab 2 (1981-1995), he participated in testing Tevatron spool boxes cryogenically and electrically. He was also part of testing cable and wire samples for the Tevatron and other projects, as well as participating in building a 21ka power supply system. He was the lead technician under Moyses Kuchnir, testing superconducting leads for use with Waveguides, and he participated in testing many model magnets at helium temps at Lab 2 in the vertical dewar systems there.
As a senior tech at IB1 (1995-2005), Rusy assembled several Morgan coils for coil analysis, and he was also part of the team that assembled and tested the Loma Linda waveguide experiment while at IB1. He was part of the team that built the Vertical Magnet Test Facility in IB1 and was also a helium liquefier plant operator, testing Tevatron dipoles, as well as LHC magnets.
After moving to the Super Conducting R & D lab (2005-present) under Emanuela Barzi and later Daniele Turrioni, Rusy returned to testing wire and cable samples both high temperature and low temperature conductors for various experiments and projects. He was also lead technician and operator of the only Rutherford style cabling machine at Fermilab. In addition, he assembled and helped design several different test fixtures for testing wire and cable samples. In 2011, Rusy was lead technician responsible for moving the SC R & D lab from ICB to its new location in IB3A and preparing the area for our testing needs. While at the SC R &D lab, he also worked on the 15T dipole demonstrator magnet, which achieved a world record.
Rusy’s plans during retirement are to continue remodeling his house and restoring antique cars and antique farm tractors, as well as to visit many national parks, monuments and other national treasures with his wife Connie.
Allen will be missed; we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.