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Michael R. Fortner

Michael R. Fortner, American state legislator, physics professor. Achievements include development of Dzero detector-muon detection system and the event trigger; development of new more sensitive second-stage trigger for the Dzero detector.

Background

  • Fortner, Michael R. was born on June 6, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Leroy L. Fortner and Carole A. Booth.

  • Education

    • Doctor of Philosophy, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1989.

    Career

    • Research associate Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, 1987—1993. Member board education School District 33, West Chicago, 1994. Alderman City of West Chicago, 1994—2001.

      Assistant professor Northern Illinois University, 1994—2004. Mayor City of West Chicago, 2001—2006. Associate professor Northern Illinois University, since 2004.

      Member District 95 Illinois House of Representatives, since 2007. Collaborator and co-author Dzero Experiment, Batavia, Illinois, since 1987. Co-chair physics panel Illinois Articulation Initiative, Springfield, since 2001.

      Director transportation policy DuPage Mayors and Managers, Oak Brook, Illinois, 2002—2006. Cochair STAR Line Task Force, Chicago, 2002—2006. Speaker national meetings American Physical Society, 2008.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include development of Dzero detector-muon detection system and the event trigger. Development of new more sensitive second-stage trigger for the Dzero detector.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Membership

    Commissioner History Preservation Commission, West Chicago, 1990—1994, Plan Commission, West Chicago, 1991—1994. Member Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Education Reform Task Force, 2003—2006. Delegate Republican National Convention, 2008.

    Precinct committeeman Winfield Township Republicans, West Chicago, 1995—2008. Moderator First Congressional Church, 1995—1999. Member of Illinois Section, American Association Physics Teachers, West Chicago Lions Club (president 1997—2001, treasurer 1997—2001, past president 1992), Sigma Pi Sigma (honorary).

    Connections

    • Married Rebecca C. Hall, February 6, 1988. Children: Elizabeth C., Charles C.
    • father: Leroy L. Fortner
    • mother: Carole A. Booth
    • spouse: Rebecca C. Hall
    • children: Elizabeth C. Fortner
    • Charles C Fortner
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    Born June 6, 1958
    (age 58)
    Nationality
    • 1989
      Brandeis University
    • 1987 - 1993
      Research associate, Northern Illinois University
      Dekalb, Illinois, United States
    • 1994
      member, board education School District 33
      West Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1994 - 2001
      alderman City of West Chicago
    • 1994 - 2004
      assistant, professor Northern Illinois University
    • 2001 - 2006
      mayor City of West Chicago
    • 2004
      associate, professor Northern Illinois University
    • 2007
      member, District 95 Illinois House of Representatives