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Michael R. Fortner Edit Profile

physics professor , state legislator

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.

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.

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

child:
Elizabeth C. Fortner

child:
Charles C. Fortner