Student Secures Prestigious Placement at CERN
Loren Wright, a 3rd Year Mechanical Engineering student at Lancaster University has been accepted on the CERN Technical Students programme. CERN is the European particle and nuclear physics located in Geneva Switzerland and is home to the giant Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and student placements are highly prestigious and sought after.
The Technical Student Programme is aimed at undergraduate students in applied physics, engineering or computing, to spend a training period of 4 to 12 months during the course of their studies. Loren will have a year-long placement in the technical department at CERN working on cryostats for particle accelerators. The LHC is one of the coldest places in the universe (colder than deep space!) It is kept at this temperature over its massive 27 km circumference using liquid Helium stored in cryostats and it is these devices that Loren will be working on.
Loren said "I'm incredibly excited about the whole experience, from working with some of the world's most intelligent people to living in a beautiful and new environment. I didn't think I'd be successful in obtaining the placement with it being such a prestigious place, but now that I have I'm over the moon and can't wait to start!"
Graeme Burt, a member of staff at Lancaster and the Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science, has said "We are very proud of Loren and this is an excellent opportunity for her. She has been asking me about CERN since her first year and we are delighted she has managed to get such a prized placement."
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