Brad Youngman

I started work life as a mechanical engineer on space booster rockets – the Titan 3C and the Saturn 5 — and continued as a thermal design engineer on various space satellites, among them the Hubble Space Telescope and the Space Shuttle. I moved on to the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, starting as a designer of accelerator equipment and finally taking over as chair of SLAC’s Earthquake Safety Committee. Moving to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, I managed the Mechanical Installation Group of the Research Division. After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake Burton Richter, the laboratory director, appointed me to head the laboratory’s Seismic Upgrade effort. My final task of interest was planning the installation of x-ray producing equipment (undulators) for the Linac Coherent Light Source. I retired in 2006 to computer building and repair. Computer use, programming and math modelling filled my entire career from punched cards to the technology we now enjoy. I was a founding board member of an electronics company, Matcom Inc, which survived for several decades. I began my professional life at Stanford, receiving the BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering, and ending it at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.


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  1. It was always a pleasure to talk to Brad. His breadth of knowledge and subtle wit were just below the surface of a conversation just waiting to slide out. He rode with me to several SPAUG General meetings and each time was enriching and enjoyable. Thanks Brad for enriching my life.

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