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Profile: thomasroderick

Your personal background.
Grew up in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, a few minutes away from the FermiLab particle accelerator (you could see Wilson Hall from my grandfather's apartment). Access to FermiLab as a kid nurtured my interest in physics and astronomy, which has carried forward through academics and hobbies. I attended the University of Iowa, and took Astronomy courses during the last few years Dr. James Van Allen (think Radiation Belts) was still on faculty. My semester research project was a search for supernovae using telescopes in Arizona and on top of Van Allen Hall. My career has been deep in technology (currently an IT project manager), however I still engage in amateur astronomy, and support distributed research computing. I feel that even the small contributions I make toward LHC and other projects makes a difference, and keeps me connected to the research I have always wanted to be a part of. I can say that I am part of the research discovering the meanings and rules of the Universe.
Your opinions about LHC@home
I run projects for LHC because I know the importance of particle physics, and want to be a part of the research understanding these particles. I also know that any contributions help, so this opportunity gives me a satisfaction that I am contributing to the science, the research, and the people associated with the experiments.

I think it is great that LHC provides the general public with this opportunity. Short of actually working for LHC or CERN, this is the closest I can get to these experiments and research (though if you are looking for a Project Manager, my family and I would certainly relocate to Switzerland...).

No suggestions for improvement at this time. It would be neat to see how the Tasks my computer complete, go towards an overall result in the future.
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