Student testimonials

The MSU Cryogenic Initiative combines classroom education with training on cutting-edge technologies and advancements in the cryogenic field that exist and are being implemented at FRIB. Below are testimonials from some of the program’s current students.


Duncan kroll

Duncan Kroll

Duncan Kroll is pursuing a Master of Science in engineering research and development or design at Michigan State University with Peter Knudsen serving as his advisor. For his research topic, he is studying helium purification. He has been in MSU’s Cryogenic Initiative program since August 2018.

What are your research responsibilities?
Currently, my research responsibilities have been learning and working on the preliminary designs of my thesis project.

How do you think participating in the MSU Cryogenic Initiative will benefit your career?
I think the greatest benefit to my career will be the opportunity to work at such a cutting-edge facility as FRIB.

Would you recommend this program to other students?
I would recommend this program to other students. It is an opportunity to work at a world class facility, on important projects, with very knowledgeable people. As a resume builder, that’s about as good as it gets.

September 2018

scott anthony

Scott AnthonyScott Anthony is majoring in mechanical engineering at Michigan State University. He is assisting with the mechanical engineering of the FRIB cryogenic systems, with Peter Knudsen serving as his adviser. He has been in MSU's Cryogenic Initiative program since January 2018.

What are your research responsibilities?
As an engineering student at MSU, I was attracted to NSCL/FRIB. As soon as I found out about FRIB, I applied for a position at the lab. When I was awarded an interview during my sophomore year, I learned about cryogenics and the MSU Cryogenic Initiative, and I instantly knew the initiative was something I wanted to be a part of. Additionally, cryogenics is a unique and interesting field that I am eager to learn more about, especially from leaders in the field and all of those associated with the MSU Cryogenic Initiative.

How do you think participating in the MSU Cryogenic Initiative will benefit your career?
I have gained experience working under deadlines and working under pressure. Working closely with engineers has also thought me how many engineers work, plan, and perform tasks. These experiences will continue to benefit my career as an engineer

What career path do you plan to pursue at this point?
At this point, I plan to continue to be a part of the MSU Cryogenic Initiative until I obtain my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. I currently would like to stay in the program and achieve my master’s degree.

Where you are in the program so far, what is the best part or what are you enjoying and/or learning the most? What has been most rewarding?
I am a junior mechanical engineering student at Michigan State University. My position in the program so far is applying what I learn in class to matters that occur at the FRIB, working with SolidWorks, learning how to read and develop piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID's), learning different equipment and parts, as well as learning about what it takes to work for a world class laboratory.  The best part is learning about aspects of engineering and running a lab that I would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn. Thus far, I have enjoyed leaning how to read and write P&ID’s as well as how to carry out a pneumatic pressure test. Continuing to learn and meet people at FRIB has been the most rewarding aspect of the MSU Cryogenic Initiative.

Would you recommend to other students this program? Why?
I would highly recommend this program to other students who are serious about their studies and who are eager to learn about cryogenics, a subject that is otherwise not taught in class.  You will gain many experiences during your time in the Cryogenic Initiative that will apply to the private sector, as well as experiences you will only gain by working for a world-class laboratory, like FRIB. If the MSU Cryogenic Initiative is something you want to be a part of, do not hesitate to apply.

October 2018



Tasha L. Williams

Tasha L. Williams is pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering at Michigan State University with Professor Abraham Engeda serving as her advisor. She is from Melbourne, Florida. She is researching the improvement and efficiency of rotary screw compressors, for which her research responsibilities are still being defined. She became interested in in MSU’s Accelerator Science and Engineering Traineeship (ASET) program when she heard about so many others excelling in her field while studying there.

How do you think participating in the ASET program at MSU will benefit for your career?
I think it will help catapult me and put me in connection with the right people while also preparing to fill the role.

The ASET program can support your stay at a national laboratory – at which laboratory are you interested in further your training and what are your research interests there?
The energy-efficiency and cryogenics programs at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, or Brookhaven National Laboratory.

October 2018