On TARGET: Matt Bajzek
TARGET program intern Matt Bajzek stands next to equipment in Industrial Building 1, where he spent his summer editing magnet testing documentation.
Editor's note: This is the second Q&A in a series on TARGET program students. Tonisha Taylor, a TARGET student working in the Office of Communication, conducted the interviews. The six-week TARGET program ended Friday, July 31, but the interviews represent the students' perspectives during their time here. A program overview article and an article on the program's influence will appear in upcoming issues of Fermilab Today.View the first Q&A here.
Matt Bajzek is a rising senior at Waubonsie Valley High School who participated in TARGET, a program that aims to expose high school students from primarily, but not exclusively, underrepresented minority groups to physics and engineering. He worked with Cosmore Sylvester in the Techinical Division this summer.
Q. What is your job at Fermilab?
A. I revise, proofread and edit documents and spreadsheets for the magnet testing that engineers and scientists do in Industrial Building 1. As a result, I have become very familiar with the test set ups.
Q. How do scientists test the magnets?
A. Scientists and engineers set up 20 foot tall magnets that are placed vertically underground. They test the magnets to analyze their performance and safety, in the hopes of producing magnets with higher field strength to upgrade the Large Hadron Collider. They cool them down to about two Kelvin before they officially test them.
Q. What do you like best about Fermilab?
A. It is a strange place. There is not just science here. They have art galleries, buffalo and such a wide variety of people.
Q. What is your favorite science subject?
A. Engineering. I am still trying to decide what kind I want to do.
Q. What do you hope to get out of this experience?
A. I am hoping to get exposed to engineering and finally narrow it down to a field to go into later. I am getting a great understanding of all the different fields of engineering at Fermilab.
Q. What do you think of when you hear the word Fermilab?
A. I think of the stereotypical huge array of magnets just going and going to collide particles. Over time, that has changed after seeing all of the buffalo and nature at the laboratory.
Q. If you could make one scientific discovery, what would it be?
A. I would like to find an energy source that is efficient, safe and that is able to replace oil to get our country out of debt.