Silicon Valley tours: Science Driving Innovation

Students gather near the welcome sign at SLAC. Photo by Ken Cole

Tours are some of the most highly anticipated events at PhysCon and are open to all attendees. This year’s meeting kicked off with tours of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Google [X], California Academy of Sciences, and the Computer History Museum. Highlights included the Klystron Gallery (2-mile accelerator), the Linac Coherent Light Source, self-driving car technology and Internet-enabled contact lenses (at Google [X]), the newly redone Morrison Planetarium, the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, and a fascinating review of the 2,000-year history of computers. Attendees left as early as 6:45 a.m. to attend some of the tour sites, but they were rewarded with opportunities to experience firsthand how science and innovation can push companies and technology to new heights. Leaders in the field and lifetime members of Sigma Pi Sigma helped to facilitate these outstanding opportunities.

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