Ketevan Akhobadze stands beside exhibits that explain concepts behind particle accelerator technology.

How did you end up at Fermilab?

I’m from Georgia — a beautiful country in Eastern Europe, in the Caucasus Mountains. My husband, Guram Chlachidze, who also works at Fermilab, and I moved to the U.S. about 18 years ago. We were particle physicists, and my husband was invited as a guest scientist at Fermilab.

It was a difficult time in Georgia. It was the time after the Soviet Union was broken up, and the country was fighting for its independence. So, for us to receive this invitation for Guram to work at Fermilab was just super exciting.

What was it like when you arrived at Fermilab?

When we arrived in the

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