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People: Kristina Turner's Post-graduate Education—Courtesy of SLAC
Accelerator Directorate Conduct of Engineering Program Implementation
Seen Around SLAC: Early Morning Equipment Move

SLAC Today

Wednesday - May 11, 2011

People: Kristina Turner's Post-graduate Education—Courtesy of SLAC

Kristina Turner shows a project schedule with a lot of crossed-off milestones.
(Photo by Lori Ann White.)

Kristina Turner learns quickly. That's a good thing, because after coming to SLAC following her graduation from Harvey Mudd with a degree in Systems Engineering she's been thrust into one new situation after another. Turner, currently a project manager in the Accelerator Engineering Controls Department, has always been able to draw on past experiences to succeed in her next assignment.

This week marks the completion of a complex project Turner has been overseeing to upgrade the linac's Personnel Protection System. The PPS is the primary safeguard for SLACers working with the linac, but the initial upgrade focused on Sectors 21–30, the portion used by the Linac Coherent Light Source. Now, following the final inspection this week, the entire linac will safely service both the LCLS and the experimental accelerator FACET.

Managing the upgrade is a far cry from what Turner did when she started at SLAC more than ten years ago as an operator for the PEP-II storage rings. She worked her way up to Engineering Operator in Charge, a position she considered fun, but "it required a little bit of an adjustment," she said. "I couldn't do as much anymore. I had to watch it all happen." The group's philosophy was a good match though. "Accelerator Operations has an incredible teamwork attitude," she said. "People are not afraid to ask questions and figure things out together. I thought that was exceptional."  Read more...

Accelerator Directorate Conduct of Engineering Program Implementation

The Accelerator Directorate Conduct of Engineering Committee is pleased to announce the implementation of the AD CoE Program for projects and tasks. A descriptive manual, user forms and a forms repository are available online. The site is open to all SLAC users of AD design and engineering services. Coming soon are a list of frequently asked questions and a training video.

The eight-foot-wide target chamber is eased through the entrance to the LCLS Far Experimental Hall. (Photo by Lori Ann White.)

Seen Around SLAC: Early Morning Equipment Move

A buzz of activity disturbed the morning quiet on Saturday as a 9000-pound vacuum chamber and a 6000-pound laser optics table traveled by forklift from Building 750 into the Linac Coherent Light Source's Far Experimental Hall. The chamber and table were both installed in the Matter in Extreme Conditions Instrument hutch.

These two pieces of equipment are vital parts of the MECi, the sixth and final LCLS instrument, scheduled to begin commissioning early in 2012. The table will hold optics that focus X-ray laser pulses from the LCLS on samples in the vacuum chamber. Along with two other lasers, the equipment will be used to subject materials to the extremely high temperatures and pressures that are a hallmark of the MEC instrument.

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