September 3, 2004  


Next Ashley Fellow Announced

By Davide Castelvecchi

Arturo Alarcon (AD) won the Alonzo W. Ashley Career Development Fellowship, which will enable him to go back to school this fall to pursue his career goals.

Arturo Alarcon will take time off to pursue his career goals. (Photo courtesy of SLAC)

For the past three years Alarcon has been an operator at the Main Control Center (MCC), helping deliver the linac’s beam for the PEP-II rings and other uses. “The machine is very complex and has lots of subsystems,” he said. Finessing the beam’s quality poses constant challenges. “It’s problem-solving heaven.”

Alarcon will now get a year off to take programming classes at Foothill College, leading to an Associate Degree in software development, and will train in MCC to step up to a level-3 operator. With the additional training, he will be able to take on added responsibilities with the MCC.

Alarcon will also help compile a Klystron User Guide, a reference for current and future MCC operators. In the spring he hopes to collaborate on a software project in the Technical Division during his fellowship leave.

About the Fellowship

The Ashley Fellowship was established in 1999 in honor of Alonzo W. Ashley, who promoted diversity and encouraged career development during his 30 years at SLAC. The fellowship is awarded to employees who have demonstrated contributions to diversity at SLAC or in the community. Applicants submit a detailed proposal of how they plan to spend their time off in a way that will develop their career while contributing to the SLAC mission.

The fellowship gives up to a year of part-time or full-time release from one’s duties, and provides the employee’s department with funding for hiring a temporary replacement.

Past Recipients

William Colocho (AD), Nick Arias (NLC) and Pauline Wethington (COM) were past Ashley fellows, and Lesley Wolf (TIS) is the current recipient. During her fellowship, which will be up next month, Wolf pursued several projects in library management and outreach to school teachers.

“It takes a lot of openness to take a good employee and let them take a year off their work. It’s quite a privilege,” Wolf says. “But in the end, I think the Ashley Fellowship makes better employees.”

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