As the new president of the Fermilab Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, I take this opportunity to introduce myself and the group’s new officers to the lab community.
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers was founded in 1974 for professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. Our Fermilab chapter aims to increase representation of Hispanics at the lab and create an inclusive space where we celebrate our roots and share all our wonderful traditions and diverse culture.

From INFN, April 9, 2020: L’industria di solito non utilizza l’elettronica che opera a temperature criogeniche, perciò i fisici delle particelle hanno dovuto costruirsela da sé. Una collaborazione tra numerosi laboratori nazionali afferenti al Dipartimento dell’Energia, incluso il Fermilab, ha sviluppato prototipi dell’elettronica che verrà alla fine utilizzata nell’esperimento internazionale DUNE – Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, ospitato dal Fermilab.

When scientists begin taking data with the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment in the mid-2020s, they’ll be able to peer 13.8 billion years into the past and address one of the biggest unanswered questions in physics: Why is there more matter than antimatter? To do this, they’ll send a beam of neutrinos on an 800-mile journey from Fermilab to Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. To detect neutrinos, researchers at several DOE national laboratories, including Fermilab, are developing integrated electronic circuitry that can operate in DUNE’s detectors — at temperatures around minus 200 degrees Celsius. They plan to submit their designs this summer.

From April 2-4, the Fermilab professional chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers will host the Regional Leadership Development Conference for the Midwest. Early bird registration is open until Feb. 27. This is a great professional development and networking opportunity for employees and users. The motto this year is “Lift as you Climb: Accelerate Your Future!”

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.  

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.