William "Bill" Shields, president of Janis Research announced his retirement, effective February 2, 2009. Shields co-founded Janis Research, a cryogenic equipment manufacturing company, in 1960. Since then, Shields has been a familiar face in the cryogenic industry. He was a long-time member of the Advisory Committee of the Corporate Associates of the American Institute of Physics. He has also been a member of the "CryoMafia" for over twenty years. Shields said, "I'll miss the camaraderie of the cryogenic community; however, I intend to stay in touch."
Shields started Janis Research in 1960, working part-time building liquid helium transfer lines. Today, Janis Research is a leader in manufacturing cryogenic research equipment ranging from simple liquid helium storage dewars to sophisticated superconducting magnet and ultra low temperature systems. In addition, Janis Research's cryogenic engineering capabilities extend into such diverse areas as UHV systems, micro-manipulated probe stations, dilution refrigerators, and spectroscopy accessories.
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