Entries from February 2009


February 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on NSCL Awarded FRIB by US-DOE

Before Christmas, DOE awarded the contract for a “Facility for Rare Isotope Beams” (FRIB) to Michigan State University, National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL). This is pretty good news for MSU, meaning a new $550 million facility being built over the next ten years. This project is expected to bring $1 billion in economic activity and create 400 new jobs. In addition, this facility will provide an intense beam of heavy ions to address leading edge questions of nuclear structure.

Congratulations to MSU and my old friends and colleagues who work at MSU or attended graduate school there in the 1980s when I was a physics grad student working at NSCL.

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47th Annual Engineers Week Banquet

February 20th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Tonight is the 47th Annual QCESC Engineers Week Banquet (http://www.qcesc.org/banquet.htm) being held in conjunction with the Henry Farnum Dinner this year. We should have a couple hundred attendees for a talk on the completion of lock and dam 15 at Rock Island, on the Mississippi River. In addition, the Quad Cities Engineering and Science Council will be presenting Jr./Sr. Scientist and Engineer of the Year awards, a Lifetime Achievement award and student scholarships. QCESC is composed of a number of area engineering and science organizations, including the IEEE section that I was chair of last year.

If you decide to come at the last minute, we should have a couple extra places saved, and there may be snow tonight which will lead to some no-shows. Please DO COME if you have an interest. It will be a wonderful presentation, and the banquet is served by the Radisson in downtown Davenport. An excellent event, for only $40.

The award recipients already know who they are, and their biographies will be published in the brochure, so I’m not revealing too much prematurely to share that I’ve been selected as the Sr. Scientist of the Year. It is an honor to know that the community values engineering and science, and is willing to promote activities like this.

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