About:I've been an experimental high-energy physicist for 20 years (since I started graduate school in 1988). I got my BS in physics from UCLA, my Ph.D. at Caltech, and did a post-doc at UBC before moving to SLAC.
Being an experimentalist means that I got to learn how to use machine tools, to fabricate little parts and jigs with a mill and lathe, and to deal with Real Engineers to design and construct experiments. This was a great learning experience, and I've been putting it to good use ever since.
Since I got together with my wife, I've been doing assistive technology projects for her. Now I'm starting to do the same to make taking care of our daughter easier. Designing stuff is great fun, but actually taking it from two to three dimensions, especially for someone else, is even better.
Location:SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (nee Stanford Linear Accelerator Center), IRC@kelseymh