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Latest Equipment a Must for Engineering Grad Students

[U.S. News & World Report] Robotics is just one of the many mushrooming or emerging engineering fields that absolutely require engineering students to be familiar with cutting-edge technology. Universities are scrambling to make sure the necessary training is available through a variety of partnerships with companies, government laboratories or other schools – or by making sizable investments in their own research facilities. Uncle Sam is clearly a serious and well-endowed research partner, and the government offers myriad opportunities for future engineers to build their know-how. At the UC Berkeley, engineering students and professors routinely take advantage of precision instruments made available to them at the nearby Lawrence Berkeley Lab. More>

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Lab Researchers Help Develop Heavy Flavor Tracker for STAR

Berkeley Lab scientists and engineers with the Nuclear Science and Engineering Divisions played a major role in the development of the Heavy Flavor Tracker, the newest member of the STAR detector family at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. HFT is the collective name for three separate silicon-based detector systems that make it possible for the first time to directly track the decay products of hadrons comprised of “charm” and “bottom” quarks. The heavy masses of these quarks make them ideal probes for studying the quark-gluon plasma, the primordial soup of quarks and gluons whose brief existence after the big bang set the stage for the universe we know today. The HFT was originally conceived by Nuclear Science Division physicist Howard Wieman. More>

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Five Lab Researchers Selected as APS Fellows

Paul Fallon (Nuclear Science), Steve Holland (Engineering), Jeff Neaton (Materials Sciences), Fernando Sannibale (AFRD), and Robert Schoenlein (Materials Sciences) were recently selected as fellows of the American Physical Society. The scientists were recognized for their “exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.” More>

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Program Helps Lab Hire Four Staff With Developmental Disabilities

The Lab recently hired four new employees with developmental disabilities through Project Search, a national program that provides job training for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities then partners with employers to further their job training. The employees — including Christine Dinh, right, with the Lab’s program coordinator Lady Idos — are working in Human Resources, Engineering, NERSC, and Physical Biosciences. More>

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In Memoriam: Engineering Retiree Tom Henderson

Tom Henderson, who worked as a mechanical engineer for the Lab from 1961 to 2000, passed away on Nov. 8. He worked on the 88″ Cyclotron, Heavy Ion Linear Accelerator, and the Bevatron, He was also in charge of installation during the construction of the Advanced Light Source. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Lafayette United Methodist Church.

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Engineering’s Steve Holland Receives Lifetime Award and Asteroid Name

At the recent Scientific Detector Workshop in Florence, Italy, Lab engineer Steve Holland received a lifetime achievement award for his “substantial and unique contributions over the course of his career.” As part of the award, asteroid 40981 was named in his honor. Holland is a pioneer in the development of high-performance silicon detectors for medical imaging, x-ray photon sciences, astronomy, and high-energy physics. More>

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Lab Engineer Neal Hartman Inspires Filmmaker at CERN

Neal Hartman of Berkeley Lab’s Engineering Division, who has worked on the ATLAS experiment since 2000, has just been named to a unique new post at CERN: “inspiration partner” for filmmaker in residence Jan Peters. Peters is the second winner of the Collide@CERN Artists Residency program, launched in 2011, for his proposal to “explore the meaning of life at the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.” Hartman, who is also the Artistic Director of the CineGlobe Film Festival held at CERN, will advise Peters on technical questions and perhaps aesthetic ones as well during his three-month residency.

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Engineering, AFRD Paper is 11th Most Downloaded at Elsevier’s ‘Science Direct’

FPGA-Based “Bunch Cleaning” System at the Advanced Light Source, a paper authored by Engineering Division’s, Jonah Weber, Michael Chin, Walter Barry, and AFRD’s Fernando Sannibale, was recognized as the 11th most downloaded article at Elsevier’s “Science Direct” publication. Elsevier is a leading provider of science and health information. The article introduces a new bunch-cleaning system for the ALS storage ring that will be compatible with a future “top-off” user operation mode, allowing for a near constant stream of current.

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In Memoriam: Fred Goulding (1925-2013)

Fred Goulding, a Berkeley Lab Emeritus Distinguished Staff Senior Scientist, passed away on July 2. He was 88 years old. He was a staff member from 1960 until his retirement in 1991. Goulding was a pioneer in the application of modern electronics to nuclear physics research He was internationally recognized for the development and application of semiconductor radiation detectors, and was among the earliest to implement computer control and data acquisition methods for science. He served as group leader in the Nuclear Chemistry Division (now Nuclear Science), and a department head in the Engineering Division. More>

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Engineering’s Robinson and Jacobs Help Foster Youth ‘SOAR’

For the third consecutive year, the Lab’s Engineering Division is teaching project management processes in a SOAR for Youth workshop developed by Division Director Kem Robinson and led by Dianna Jacobs. The workshop is part of a week-long camp, which immerses 6-12th graders in academic, athletic, team-building, confidence-boosting, and social activities. SOAR (founded by former Lab IT Department Head Diana Brown) assists youth in the foster care system develop academic, career, leadership, and personal skills, in which they often lack exposure.

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