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Taylor Childers (Ph.D. Physics, Advisor: M. Duvernois)

                                                       

One of my favorite memories from graduate school is the many weekend mornings and afternoons spent with fellow classmates at Dinkytown coffee shops working on our classwork.

Our class was particularly social. I remember Professor Serge Rudaz as my favorite professor. Somehow he made Quantum Field Theory seem so easy and straightforward. I graduated with my Ph.D. in Physics in 2007 and Professor Michael DuVernois was my advisor. I got married during my Ph.D. work at the U and I will soon have my 10th anniversary. My first post-doc was with Heidelberg University in Germany on the ATLAS experiment. After being there for only four months, we moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where I was stationed at CERN to assist in the installation of the calorimeter trigger electronics. I was heavily involved in the startup of CERN's Large Hadron Collider including being on shift in the ATLAS Control Room when first beams circulated in September 2008. We lived there for 6 years. We met many amazing people and had many amazing adventures, including having our two boys born there. I continued working on ATLAS as a CERN Fellow from 2011-2013. We cherish our time in Europe and we are also glad to be back in the U.S. I am now an Assistant Physicist at Argonne National Laboratory.