William Limestall has had a very hands-on experience at Illinois Tech. He is physics major and this fall marks his third year in the Illinois Tech’s physics/health physics coterminal program. After two more years, he will have a bachelor’s in physics, and a master’s in health physics.
Since last year, Limestall has worked with Jeff Terry, professor of physics, and two other graduate students at the Advanced Photon Source in Argonne National Laboratory helping to assemble the Hard X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (HAXPES) device. Over the summer, he worked four days a week in Terry’s lab, and once a week at Argonne, using pulsed laser deposition and material characterization techniques to measure potential failure modes in nuclear fuel cladding. It is a schedule he is continuing this fall.
From 2000 to 2012, Limestall served in the United States Navy Nuclear Power Propulsion Program. His final duty station assignment was as the leading engineer laboratory technician on board the USS Abraham Lincoln, where he was in charge of 20 people in all aspects of analytical chemistry controls, radiological controls, and health physics. Of his time in the Navy, Limestall said, “I gained a unique insight into the design of nuclear reactors and learned the value of the safe operation of them.” This insight and experience surely equipped Limestall with skills and knowledge that are helping him succeed in his studies and research at Illinois Tech.