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.

Alex Romanenko, right, discusses with Sean Stackley Fermilab's superconducting radio-frequency accelerator program at cryomodule in the Industrial Center Building. From left: Stackley, Martina Martinello, Chris Mossey, Romanenko. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Stackley toured ROC West, the Cryomodule Test Facility, bison barn, Industrial Center Building and LCLS-II cryomodules, the quantum labs, Muon g-2 and the NuMI hall.

The 4th annual All-Engineers Retreat is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Save the date for a day filled with engineering updates and breakout sessions, highlighted by our special guest speaker, former Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley! Secretary Stackley is an engineer who was responsible for all of the Navy’s research, development, and acquisition for almost a decade. Lunch will be included. Please RSVP here We look forward to seeing you! Sincerely, Members…