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A new LDRD (Laboratory Directed Research and Development) session has been added the EAC engineering retreat on Monday, Feb. 17. The LDRD program is a great resource for all science and technology staff at the laboratory with the FY21 call coming out in late spring. This session will provide a presentation on the program followed by Q&A. All are welcome to attend.

Every year, Fermilab’s Engineering Advisory Council holds its annual All Engineers’ Retreat during EWeek, which is dedicated to celebrating engineers’ contributions to society and to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce. This year’s retreat organizers expanded the annual gathering to a week-long series of events to engage with the Fermilab engineering community directly. Participants can register for on-site tours, 3-D printing demonstrations and professional-inreach workshops. The agenda also features events to inspire innovation.

For 2020 Engineers’ retreat, the EAC is sponsoring a week-long series of events to highlight Fermilab’s own engineering community. Register NOW for onsite tours, 3Dprinting demonstrations, and Professional Inreach (PI) workshops. Registration will be first-come, first-serve. We will try to accommodate those on any wait list, but there are no guarantees due to limited room availability and/or capacity. https://indico.fnal.gov/event/22843/  

For the 2020 Engineers’ Retreat, several PI (Professional In-reach) Workshops, 3D Printing Demo Sessions, and tours of Fermilab sites have been planned during National Engineers Week (Feb. 17-21).  Remember to stay up-to-date with registration and updates by subscribing to the engineers_all email list.

The celebration of National Engineers Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with President George Washington’s birthday. President Washington is considered as the nation’s first engineer, notably for his survey work. It is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions made by engineers. This year, National Engineers Week is…

Miguelangel Marchan completed four Fermilab internships while studying at Northern Illinois University and University of Illinois at Chicago before starting full-time work as an electrical engineer at Fermilab. What does he have to say about his current role at Fermilab? “Electronics are magic.”

Today’s quantum computing processors must operate at temperature close to absolute zero, and that goes for their electronics, too. Fermilab’s cryoelectronics experts recently hosted a first-of-its-kind workshop where leaders in quantum technologies took on the challenges of designing computer processors and sensors that work at ultracold temperatures.

The foundation of a building is critical to the building’s function and longevity. By definition, everything is built on it. The same is true for devices designed at Fermilab: They must be built on sound footing. Many people have heard of the Fermilab Engineering Manual, but few understand that it applies to everyone who designs and builds devices at the lab, not only engineers. The manual outlines the good practices that must go into every design by using a graded approach that is driven by the complexity of the design. 

In this 2-minute video, electrical engineer Luciano Elementi and company show us how superconducting cable is wrapped for the Mu2e experiment. Mu2e will search for a previously undiscovered process: a muon converting solely into an electron. The cables will help power the experiment when it comes online.