My name is Adam, and I’m an early-career researcher with the Fermilab Microelectronics Division. I recently received my master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and joined Fermilab full-time after completing a term as a summer research associate. Today, my work focuses on developing new microelectronics architectures to allow for the high-bandwidth readout of Skipper-CCDs and other pixel detectors. The first time I presented this work, and indeed my first academic conference-style presentation, was at FSPA’s New Perspectives in 2022!
One of the most special things about Fermilab, and one of the lab’s strengths, is in the number of passionate young people who choose to do their research or start their careers here. This also places a responsibility on the lab, and on all of us, to create a welcoming environment and a vibrant community: to make sure that everyone who walks through our doors, even for a semester-long internship, feels welcome, important, respected, and able to contribute to our scientific mission as a whole person.
My motivation to serve as an FSPA officer comes both from a sense of gratefulness for the experience I’ve had at Fermilab over the past year and a half, and a sense from working with other interns and grad students that we can do even better to help new researchers make connections to resources and to each other and create the early-career community that we want to be a part of.