As part of a final year engineering course, Nick and his team undertook the design and construction of a linear particle accelerator. It was a task that was well above their means, collectively and individually, especially since they were mechanical engineering students, not physicists. In the end, the science was the least of their worries as the team surmounted one obstacle after another. Eight months after the initial proposal, and much to everyone’s surprise, the team turned on a working electron accelerator. Now with the benefit of hindsight, Nick presents what he learned about accomplishing lofty goals, which are way over your head.


Nick Zacchia Born and raised in Montreal, Nick Zacchia is a new grad who holds his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has a keen interest in robotics, physics and philosophy. When not traveling the world on one of his great adventures, Nick enjoys building things: everything from skateboards to robots, his possibilities are endless. Nick is currently pursuing his Ph.D. studies in the field of Nanoscience with a goal of becoming a university professor so that he can transmit his love of science and engineering to the next generation of researchers after him.