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From the Archives: Mr. Freeze

Presented by: Jerry Zimmerman of Fermilab

Making science fun, the Mr. Freeze demonstration shows interesting and entertaining properties of cryogenics and extreme cold using Liquid Nitrogen (LN2).

Sponsored by Fermilab since the 1970s, Jerry Zimmerman, also known as Mr. Freeze, provides an exciting science-based show with lots of surprises mixed with interesting scientific facts. Zimmerman majored in physics at Northern Illinois University and went on to spend 10 years in the Aerospace Industry at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado, where he worked on projects including the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite and a DOD Infrared Telescope.

Working at Fermilab for 25 years on new detector research and machine design, Zimmerman helped build the system to map the magnetic interior of the CMS detector at CERN, the European particle physics lab on the French-Swiss border, and currently maintains the extruder at Fermilab that produces plastic scintillator pieces for distribution worldwide. He also created a high-speed pneumatic pressure system for COUPP, a modern bubble-chamber experiment and helped upgrade the zip track, a 3D robotic system, to map magnetic fields.

This talk was originally recorded as part of STEMCON 2017.

About Jerry Zimmerman

Employed as an Engineering Physicist with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Jerry Zimmerman has volunteered as the Lab's third incarnation of "Mr. Freeze" since 1997. Providing demonstrations to thousands of students each year as his alter-ego Mr. Freeze, Zimmerman is dedicated to motivating and encouraging young people to better appreciate and study science.