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Eric Neilsen
Works at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Attended Kenyon College
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Venus transit from Kuhn Barn (Fermilab)
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A home for an SDSS plug plate...
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SDSS Plug Plate table, Enfuse HDR photo. I'm still experimenting with the lighting, I may eventually go with fiber optic cables.

On Flickr (where you can see larger/additional photos): www.flickr.com/photos/bclee/6706356183/
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I think just about any glass top table with a 36" top would work -- the tops are generally only held in place by gravity. I just added clear pads to the plate and carefully aligned those with the support pads on the table (so that the plate doesn't warp).
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Computational Physics Developer at Fermilab
Introduction
I am a member of the Experimental Astrophysics Group at Fermilab, currently working primarily on the Dark Energy Survey (DES), refining survey strategy and developing observing operations software.

From the time I completed my Ph.D. in 1999 until the final data release from SDSS II at the end of 2008, I worked on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) in a variety of roles:
  • developing operations software for and automation of the photometric telescope
  • observing with the photometric telescope
  • support and feature enhancement of operations software for the SDSS imager and spectrographs
  • observing with the primary SDSS telescope, particularly during testing and systems integration
  • project leader at Fermilab for preparation of the data for the final SDSS II data release (DR7)
  • management of the SDSS helpdesk
  • development, administration, and support of version 2 of the SDSS Data Archive Server (DAS)
In addition, I worked on a number of smaller projects for Fermilab's lattice QCD facility, DES data management, and SNAP/JDEM.

Bragging rights
DES Builder, SDSS Builder, Asteroid 131103 Ericneilsen (1999 FX73)
Education
  • Kenyon College
    Physics, 1988 - 1992
  • The Johns Hopkins University
    Astrophysics, 1992 - 1999
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Computational Physics Developer
Employment
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
    Computational Physics Developer, present
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