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Engineering’s Tom Lipton Gives ‘Magnetic’ Performance at Maker Faire

The Engineering Division’s Tom Lipton knows how to attract a crowd like a magnet — literally. He gave a talk on making superconducting magnets at the Bay Area Maker Faire 2013, which took place last week at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds. The “do-it-yourself” festival brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors, who display what they’ve made and to share what they’ve learned. Lipton’s talk described how to make a large superconducting magnet — from wire making to magnet assembly. These magnets are used in high-energy physics to steer beams of particles. Pictured are Lipton and superconducting cable.