The rock and ice mechanics lab at Lamont-Doherty is led by PIs Heather Savage, Christine McCarthy and Ben Holtzman. We are in the process of growing our lab and building our experimental program. Along with a team of postdocs, undergrads, grads, and longtime staff engineer Ted, we are rehabilitating and revamping some of the old equipment and building new rigs for exciting new experiments on both rock and ice. You can follow along with our progress here.
Undergraduate student Zach helped us out in the lab this summer. Throughout the summer he finalized the protocol for making standard ice for the ice projects, he broke up and prepped rocks for Heather's fault heating work, he helped me better organize the ice rig room and the machine shop, but where he really kicked butt was at soldering. He was a soldering maniac! He single-handedly did all of the backside connectors.
And he also got in there with some of the fine-detailed soldering on the individual boards.
Thanks to Zach's hard work this summer we made incredible progress on several fronts. Thanks, Zach!