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New staff members and fellows: December 2016

ADAM WEGRZYNEK

ADAM WEGRZYNEK

I'm a telecommunications engineer graduated from Warsaw University of Technology. Since joining the ALICE Data Acquisition team I've been taking care of the data flow monitoring system of the experiment. In addition, I'm strongly contributing to the O2 Upgrade for Run 3 by: evaluating network and message-based transport libraries; developing code for the new software framework; designing and implementing web-applications.

ALEXANDER HELD

ALEXANDER HELD

I am a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia, who recently joined the EP department as a junior fellow in the context of the AMVA4NewPhysics network (an EU Horizon 2020 initiative). As a member of the ATLAS collaboration, I am mainly involved in the search for Higgs bosons produced in association with top-quark pairs. More specifically, I focus on the development and application of matrix element method techniques for this analysis. Besides that, I am also working on muon trigger performance.

ANTONIO LAFUENTE

ANTONIO LAFUENTE

After a 20-month career break from my previous employer working as a fellow for EN-MME in the design, production and integration of advanced collimators, I recently decided to consolidate my position at CERN by joining EP-AIO as staff. As a mechanical engineer in ALICE’s technical coordination team I will provide technical oversight, integration management and engineering assistance to the detectors’ operation, maintenance and upgrade. Before arriving here, for the previous six years, I worked supporting the operation of other big technological undertakings like the National Ignition Facility in the US or the Joint European Tokamak in the UK

MATTEO CENTIS VIGNALI

MATTEO CENTIS VIGNALI

I am an experimental physicist working on silicon detectors. I did my PhD in Hamburg, Germany, where I worked on the production and characterization of silicon detectors for the upgrades of the CMS pixel detector. After my PhD I worked on the characterization of irradiates silicon photomultipliers. I recently started my fellowship at CERN working in the RD50 collaboration. I will work on the characterization of silicon detectors with internal gain dedicated to timing. The timing information applied to tracking and calorimetry will help the HL-LHC experiments to counteract the effects of pile-up.

CHRISTOPHE HAEN

CHRISTOPHE HAEN

I joined the LHCb Computing group (EP-LBC) as a staff member. My role will be the continuation of what I started as a fellow in the same team: take care of the data management, be one of the main developer of DIRAC (The grid middleware used by LHCb), actively take part to the Operational aspects and be involved in defining the new computing model for the LHCb Upgrade. Prior to being a fellow, I was a doctoral student in the LHCb Online team where my work focused on various system administration aspects.

NILOUFAR ALIPOUR

NILOUFAR ALIPOUR

It has been my pleasure to start my fellowship on the Future Circular Collider (FCC). Under this fellowship, I will be involved in the development of the FCC detector simulation and reconstruction software while focusing on the electron-positron (FCC-ee) case. I will also collaborate in the development of the detector model based on the physics requirements for FCC-ee. During the course of my previous project, as a CERN doctoral student, I was involved in a wide range of activities related to the development of the vertex detector for the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC), mainly focusing on the characterisation of thin pixelated planar silicon sensors.

EVA SICKING

EVA SICKING

In June 2016, I started as an applied physicist in the Detector Technology (DT) group. Together with colleagues from the Linear Collider Detector (LCD) group and the CMS experiment, I currently work on highly granular calorimeters, with an emphasis on the CMS High Granularity Calorimeter (HGCAL) Upgrade for HL-LHC. In addition, I will work on detector R&D for the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC).

MARTIN RICHARD JAEKEL

MARTIN RICHARD JAEKEL

I previously worked for the ATLAS commissioning and operation team and the construction of the new Gamma Irradiation Facility (GIF++) at CERN. Lately I worked on a novel Beam-on-Target Imaging System for the European Spallation Source at the University of Oslo. I recently joined the EP-DT team in the Detector Development section. I will be responsible for the Gamma Irradiation Facility in EHN1. As part of the ATLAS experiment, I will also be involved in the Technical Design Report for the decommissioning of the Inner Detectors.

KAMIL NICPON

KAMIL NICPON

I joined the EP-ESE-FE section as a Fellow to work on the ELMB++ project. I obtained Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications at AGH University (Cracow, Poland). I will be working on the upgrade of ELMB system, which is required to be implemented during the next long shutdown. The key thing is to design an embedded system, which will cope with higher luminosity, keep backwards compatibility and introduce some extra features for monitoring and controlling the front-ends.

LEIGH WHITEHEAD

LEIGH WHITEHEAD

I joined the EP-NU group as a research fellow in October. I have been a neutrino physicist for all of my career to date, obtaining my PhD on T2K at Warwick and then a four year post-doc at UCL working on MINOS and CHIPS. I am now mostly working on DUNE and the single phase liquid argon prototype ProtoDUNE-SP that will be built at CERN in the next two years, focusing on the event reconstruction and the measurement of the pion-argon cross-section. I will also continue my role as the MINOS analysis coordinator until my current term ends in July.

LUDOVICA APERIO BELLA

LUDOVICA APERIO BELLA

I have joined the CERN ATLAS group as a research fellow in October. My primary research interest is mainly base of the understanding of the electron and photon performance towards precision measurements (Higgs boson mass, SM studies). My knowledge of electron and photon performance constituted the ground-work for all my physics analyses. After the competition of my PhD in LAPP, I joined the ATLAS Birmingham group working on the study of the properties of the Higgs boson in the four lepton final state and searches of Higgs rare decays. With the arrival of first 13 TeV data I coordinate the first SM W and Z analyses.

KARIM MASSRI

KARIM MASSRI

Since my Master’s degree, I have been working on the NA62 experiment at CERN, and I will keep working on it during my period at CERN. I joined the NA62 collaboration in 2010, during my Master degree in Pisa (Italy), my hometown. Then, for my PhD I moved to Birmingham (UK) and afterwards I spent 2 years at CERN, as a post-doc at the University of Liverpool. As a CERN fellow, I am currently coordinating the effort required to efficiently process the collected data and to asses their quality. I will also be strongly involved on the NA62 flagpole: the K+ → p+nn analysis.

NÚRIA EGIDOS

NÚRIA EGIDOS

I'm an electronics engineer and I've joined ATLAS as a PhD student working on the integration of CMOS pixel sensors to trackers and beam monitors in the frame of the ITk upgrade. My background are a Bachelor and Master of Science of Electronics Engineering in Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC, Spain), the second finishing with a Master's Thesis on the Bunch-By-Bunch control system in the ANKA Synchrotron Light Source (KIT, Germany).

OLLI LUPTON

OLLI LUPTON

I recently joined CERN as a Research Fellow, and have opted to continue working on LHCb. I completed my DPhil at the University of Oxford, where I worked on both charm amplitude analysis and CP violation measurements, and the LHCb software trigger for LHC Run 2. As a member of EP I will work on the trigger upgrade for LHC Run 3 and beyond, when LHCb will move to a full software trigger, and expand my physics research to other areas of the LHCb programme.

PATRICK CZODROWSKI

PATRICK CZODROWSKI

I have been with ATLAS since 2008, starting my path as an experimental physicist at the University of Dresden, where I searched for charged Higgs Bosons. Recently, I served as Trigger Software, Releases and Validation Coordinator, while working as a post-doc for the University of Alberta. Here, I also coordinated the exotic multi-jet search group hunting for Black Holes. I am joining the PH-ADT-TR group as an applied fellow with the ATLAS Level-1 Central Trigger System, where I plan to take a leading role in operation. Further, I will engage in the development of the Phase-1 upgraded MUCTPI/TTC system’s online software.

MAGDA ANNA CHELSTOWSKA

MAGDA ANNA CHELSTOWSKA

I started working in the ATLAS Collaboration when I was a summer student at CERN in 2009. Since then I have obtained my PhD degree at the University of Nijmegen (NL) and I finished my first postdoc at the University of Michigan (US). During my PhD, I was involved in the search of the Higgs boson in the WW channel which resulted in the discovery of this particle in 2012. Later on I have focused on the Beyond the Standard Model searches especially in the di-Higgs analyses. I started my fellowship at CERN in September 2016 and I have shifted my focus to measuring and understanding the properties of the Z boson to a very high precision. I am also involved in the operations, maintenance and upgrade of the Level 1 central trigger for the ATLAS experiment.

CARMELO SCARCELLA

CARMELO SCARCELLA

I joined the EP-ESE-BE group at CERN as a Fellow. I’m developing a new generation of radiation-hard transceiver for long-reach optical links. This novel transceiver finds application in the Beam Instrumentation (BI) equipment. I was awarded my Master degree and PhD in “Information Technology” at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) with a thesis on Silicon and InGaAs/InP single-photon detectors. Before joining CERN, I held a postdoc position at Tyndall National Institute (Ireland), where I have been working on integrated photonics.

SIMON SPANNAGEL

SIMON SPANNAGEL

I started as fellow in the CERN LCD group in October 2016. I recently finished my PhD at DESY, Hamburg where I worked on a novel method of measuring the top quark mass and the development and characterization of ASICs and modules for the new pixel detector of the CMS experiment. Within the LCD group I will focus on the development and testing of vertex detector prototypes as well as on detector optimization studies for the proposed CLIC detector.

RICKARD STROEM

RICKARD STROEM

I started my career as a particle physicist at Stockholm University, searching for hints of dark matter in sources observed by NASA’s Fermi telescope. I then carried out my PhD within the IceCube Collaboration at Uppsala University, with a focus on the search for low-energy neutrino point sources in the Southern hemisphere. I joined the EP department as a Fellow in March 2016 to work on top physics studies for the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) project. I’m particularly interested in top reconstruction and top tagging of boosted events, as a means to explore physics beyond the Standard Model. Outside of physics I enjoy the company of family and friends, listening to music, dancing and reading. I also try to spend as much time as possible in nature sailing, hiking, etc.

SUSANNE KUEHN

SUSANNE KUEHN

I am a physicist and started recently in the EP-ADE-ID group as staff member (LD). After, I finished my PhD on the measurement of the Z->tau tau cross section with ATLAS data at the University of Freiburg, I worked as PostDoc and for my habilitation on R&D of silicon sensors and the upgrade of the ATLAS silicon strip tracker for the HL-LHC. Now, I am excited to transfer my experience and work on the upgrade of the ATLAS pixel detector and R&D for future silicon detectors for tracking detectors.

TOMMASO VERGINE

TOMMASO VERGINE

After obtaining my PhD in Electronics Engineering from the University of Pavia (Italy) I have worked as a PostDoc at the same University where I have continued to work in the area of advanced analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits. I have joined CERN in September 2016 where I am involved in the CMS High Granularity Calorimeter upgrade project. I am now part of the design team responsible for defining the overall electronic system architecture. This work requires developing simulation models of the entire system using a high level hardware description language, as well as supporting the evaluation and qualification of critical components of the system.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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