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  • Aladdin Highlights Tim May

    This Aladdin contains the first in a new series highlighting various members and activities of the SRC staff. As one of the most recent additions to SRC, Tim May has the honor of being the first to have his picture featured here. Tim joined the SRC Optics Group in late July.

    Previously, Tim was with Nicolet Instruments of Madison, a company that manufactures infrared spectrometers. He worked with Nicolet for 12 years as a systems engineer. Tim learned of the position at SRC on the Internet Gopher, and knew he had enough vacuum technology and optics experience to qualify.

    Tim will be working on optical design, as well as setting up an infrared beamline. At SRC, his work will include working with shorter wavelengths of the ultraviolet spectrum, where his former work focused on infrared optics. He comments that his previous experience was 'on the other side of the spectrum--different things are observed with high energy radiation.'

    Currently, Tim is maintaining the Aluminum Seya beamline and working with the optics group on the proposal for an infrared beamline addition for Aladdin.

    When asked if his new job is as good as expected, Tim answers, 'Better. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but right now I feel like a kid in a toy shop.' Tim adds that he has always been a science fan. Tim grew up in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and received an undergraduate degree in Physics from UW-Platteville. He completed his masters work in Physics at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio.

    In his time away from SRC, Tim enjoys Aikido, a Japanese martial art he became hooked on in college, and rock climbing.

    Aladdin -- Editor Brian Tonner