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People: Milorad Dragovic and the Inventor
Chu Appoints Knutson to Head Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant
WIS Seminar Tomorrow: The Census... More than Just Counting

SLAC Today

Wednesday - May 26, 2010

People: Milorad Dragovic and the Inventor

Milorad Dragovic in SSRL Hutch 9-1. (Photo by Julie Karceski.)

The Serbian inventor, Nikola Tesla, serves as an inspiration to SLAC technician Milorad Dragovic. As a prolific inventor, Tesla was skilled at starting with an abstract idea for a device and creating a concrete new tool—an inclination shared by Dragovic, who designs and builds mechanical hardware to help scientists see their experiments reach fruition.

"[Tesla] made his dreams into a functional and very useful apparatus," Dragovic said. "Reading his biography, his stories, touched me greatly." Tesla, who immigrated to the United States from Old Serbia in the 1880s and died in 1943, is responsible for many inventions in electronics and advancements in physics on which the world and SLAC science rely. Consider the impact of robotics, radar systems and computer science—all possible because of Tesla contributions.

Dragovic, too, has a notable presence at SLAC. He designs and builds parts for hutches and robots around the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. Scientists working on the SSRL beamline rely on the ingenuity of Dragovic and his fellow science and engineering technicians to make components for SSRL's experimental hutches. 

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Chu Appoints Knutson to Head Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant

(Photo - Dale Knutson)
Dale Knutson.
(Photo by Brad Plummer.)

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Monday that the Department of Energy is taking steps to strengthen project management at the Hanford Site's Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, or WTP. As part of this effort, Dale Knutson, who most recently served as acting director of SLAC's Accelerator Directorate, has been selected to serve as the Federal Project Director for the WTP project.

"Dale has been a skilled and effective leader for the Department of Energy on projects across the country," said Secretary Chu. "I'm confident that the experience he'll bring to this important cleanup effort will help us successfully complete the Waste Treatment Plant project."

Read more in the full Hanford Site news release...

WIS Seminar Tomorrow:
The Census... More than Just Counting

(Image - WIS logo)

Tomorrow at noon in Panofsky Auditorium, the Women's Interchange at SLAC will present census office managers Melissa Erickson and James Kamenelis with "The Census... More than Just Counting."

Have you ever wondered why it is important to complete the census questionnaire? What happened to the long form? Do you know who has access to census data and how it is used? How are the numbers use in re-drawing voting districts? Santa Clara County Census Redistricting Program Manager Melissa Erickson and local Census Office Manager James Kamenelis will be here tomorrow to answer such questions and explain why the numbers count.

Please note the change from Wednesday, the usual WIS seminar day, to Thursday, for this seminar only.

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