For five years, I have worked on the proximity effects without talking to an expert. My former advisor is a smart dude, but going up against someone who is heavily invested in the field without any backup is petrifying.
I held my own, and had a really productive chat with them. I'm very proud of myself, my former advisor, and I hope that I can become as confident with DFT under Kieron.
Afterward, I walked back toward the convention center. Aurora, Raphael, Justin, Attila, and Peter were there keeping an eye on me the whole time.