On TARGET: D'Angelo Cox and Adil Tobaa
TARGET program interns Adil Tobaa and D'Angelo Cox work on creating computer programs.
Editor's note: This is the third Q&A in a series on TARGET program students. Tonisha Taylor, a TARGET student working in the Office of Communication, conducted the interviews. A program overview article and an article on the program's influence will appear in upcoming issues of Fermilab Today.View the first and second Q&A here.
This fall, D'Angelo Cox will be a freshman at the Illinois Institute of Technology and Adil Tobaa will be a junior at the Islamic Foundation School. During the summer, they were Fermilab summer students, who took part in TARGET, a program that aims to expose teenagers from predominantly underrepresented minority groups to physics and engineering.
Q. What is your job at Fermilab?
D'Angelo Cox: We help create and read different computer programs. There is a binder full of instructions that help create the programs.
Q. What are the programs for?
Adil Tobaa: I am working on a program to display a proton while D'Angelo works on one to display an antiproton. We will combine the programs to simulate two particles colliding.
Q. What do you like best about Fermilab?
DC: I like being around so many professionals. I never really met scientists before, but it is great work with them.
What do you hope to get out of this experience?
AT: Knowledge. I want to be exposed to all of these different fields of physics and engineering to help me decide which field I want to go into.
Q. What is your favorite science subject?
Q. If you could make one scientific discovery, what would it be?
DC: I would like to find an efficient alternative-energy source or possibly harness solar energy so that we no longer have to use possibly harmful chemicals for fuel.
AT: A cure for a major disease or I would like to find a way to convert salt water into fresh water.
Q. What do you think of when you hear the word Fermilab?
AT: I think of the diversity at the laboratory. People from all different backgrounds coming together here to try to answer the big question: How did we get here?