Meghan McAteer grew up in Austin, Texas and earned Bachelor’s degrees in Studio Art and in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. She developed an interest in accelerator physics as an undergraduate, when she attended the first of many courses at the U.S. Particle Accelerator School and spent a summer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory working on commissioning instrumentation upgrades in the Fermilab Booster accelerator.
After qualifying for PhD candidacy at the University of Texas, she was admitted to the Joint University-Fermilab Doctoral Programme in Accelerator Physics and Technology and relocated to Fermilab to conduct research for her thesis. Her research at Fermilab focused on measuring and correcting optics distortions in the Booster accelerator to help control losses and provide the increased total proton throughput that will be necessary for Fermilab’s planned high-intensity experimental programme. She has presented her work at two international accelerator physics conferences.
Meghan has taught undergraduate physics classes for science majors and an innovative, interactive class aimed at providing a solid understanding of physics concepts to undergraduates who are studying to become elementary school teachers. She also taught an introductory class in accelerator physics at the U.S. Particle Accelerator School.
Continuing her thesis research as a Marie Curie oPAC fellow, Meghan is working in the Accelerator and Beam Physics group at CERN. Her research will focus on measuring and correcting resonances in the PS Booster as part of a project to increase intensity in the LHC injector chain.