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Dieter R. Walz

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School / Department: 
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Dieter Walz has always been amazed by the “frontier level” of research at Stanford and has enjoyed the multicultural student body, faculty and staff during his time here. His advice to new hires is to “think big and, if possible, outside the box.”
Years at Stanford: 
50
My favorite place on campus is: 

The tranquil setting of the Inner Quad and also the Sector 6 Picnic Knoll on the south side of the SLAC Two Mile Accelerator.

Point of Pride: Tell us about an event, project/program you were involved with at Stanford that you're most proud of: 

The planning of SLAC's 40th Anniversary in 2002 for which I was a member of the Organizing Committee, followed by the actual festivities and the reunion of many former colleagues that built and made SLAC what it is.

Memorable Moment: Share a time when you thought to yourself, "I'm so fortunate to be a part of the Stanford community": 

The visit of French President George Pompidou to SLAC and the visit of President Gorbachev and wife Raisa to the Stanford Campus.

What I have enjoyed most during my time at Stanford is: 

The multicultural experience of not only the student body, but also the faculty and staff at all levels of employment. The frontier level of research in so many disciplines never ceases to amaze me.

Leave Your Legacy: What piece of advice or guidance would you share with a new hire to Stanford?: 

Think big and, if possible, outside the box. The sky is the limit. You can do much more than you think you can. And remember: "Die Luft Der Freiheit Weht."