CERN Accelerating science

New Staff members and fellows: July - September 2018

Ruddy Costanzi

Ruddy Costanzi

I joined the Detector Development (DD) section of the EP-DT group in September 2018. I am working as laboratory technician for the DSF (Departmental Silicon Facility) and the SSD (Solid State Detector laboratory). I am assisting in the operation and maintenance of the facilities and will participate in the construction of new bench test systems. My tasks include as well keeping the equipment inventories, ordering supplies and handling of sub-contracted maintenance. Another important activity will be the QART (Quality Assurance and Reliability) service for which I will give contributions to the installation of new equipment and participate in the preparation of tests. Finally, after some training, I will take over the responsibility for safety and equipment supervision in the DSF and SSD.

Marianna Fontana

Marianna Fontana

"I am a particle physicist and my research activities as a fellow in the LHCb experiment focus on the search for New Physics effects in the flavour physics sector. During my fellow, under the supervision of Angelo Di Canto (LD), I will study rare decays of mesons containing charm quarks and I will coordinate the activities of the LHCb collaboration in this field. In addition I will also collaborate to the developments of the muon identification software for the upcoming LHCb upgrade (Run III).”

Maciej Szymon Gladki

Maciej Szymon Gladki

I joined EP/CMD group in February 2016 to create a new expert system, monitoring the data taking operations of the CMS experiment and giving guidance to the shift crew whenever problems in data taking occur. Now as a fellow, starting August 2018, I will continue to improve the system, specifically automating the chores of the operators and bypassing them wherever possible in order to improve the efficiency of data taking. During LS2 I will also explore new options for the persistence of monitoring data and making the monitoring systems more uniform.

Luca Graziani

Luca Graziani

I joined the EP-DT-FS as a TTE in August. I will stay at CERN for at least one year with the possibility to extend my contract for other 2 years. I am a technician and for the first period I am going to monitor CF4 recuperation, trying to improve the global efficiency and then I will be involved in the construction of a prototype for the recuperation of R134a. Both are two greenhouse gases so it is very important to reuse them. I am also involved in the R&D activities. During my TTE I will try to give my contribution for all the experiments but I also would like to improve myself and learn new things which will be useful for my career.

Yutaro Iiyama

Yutaro Iiyama

I am a research fellow joining EP-CMG group in September. I have worked with the CMS experiment since 2010, first as a Ph.D. student and then as a postdoc. As a fellow, I would like to join the High-Granularity Calorimeter development for the CMS Phase-II upgrade. I am also excited to explore various exotic Higgs boson decay signatures using the full Run 2 data. My goal is to develop novel triggering and analysis techniques that can be used for a large variety of such analyses.

Clemens LANGE

Clemens LANGE

Moving on from my research fellowship, I will remain part of the CERN CMS group as a staff member. I intend to work on detailed studies of jet substructure to eventually enable these techniques for precision measurements. Furthermore, I will deepen my involvement in the CMS High Granularity Endcap Calorimeter project, which is part of the CMS Phase-2 upgrade. To fully explore its capabilities, I will work on novel reconstruction algorithms as well as the actual detector test setup.

Kirill Lapidus

Kirill Lapidus

I recently joined the ALICE physics analysis and performance group as a research fellow. I was already a member of the ALICE collaboration before moving to CERN, previously appointed as an associate research scientist at Yale University. While at CERN, I will pursue measurements of hypernuclei produced in heavy-ion collisions. I will also continue my involvement in the ALICE jet group, where my main interest is in jet substructure studies.

Alessandro LA ROSA

Alessandro LA ROSA

Having worked on the ATLAS Pixel detector (from R&D, construction to operation) for more than 10-yrs, I have recently joined the Detector Technology (DT) group as Staff working in the Detector Development (DD) section. I am in charge of quality assurance and reliability testing laboratories (QART-labs). The work also includes development in the field of silicon detector assembly and interconnection technologies. In addition, I will be working on the prototyping and quality assurance tests of the hybrids for the CMS Phase-2 tracker modules.

Lingxin Meng

Lingxin Meng

I joined the EP-ADE-ID group as an applied fellow in September. I already worked in this group as a summer student on silicon pixel sensors in High-Voltage CMOS technology, which was also the focus of my PhD at University of Liverpool and University of Geneva. I will continue working on HVCMOS sensors as a fellow, my main focus now is the ATLAS Inner Tracker (ITk) upgrade for the High-Luminosity LHC. I am involved in investigating pixel sensor modules with the RD53 chipset, which will be the new readout chip technology for ATLAS and CMS, and will work on evaluating modules on larger structures for the outer three pixel detector layers of the ATLAS experiment.

Emil Obreshkov

Emil Obreshkov

I have been involved in ATLAS Software Infrastructure activities for the last 14 years. At first I joined as a regular team member and in the last several years I have been coordinating and managing the team and the associated workflows. Recently I joined the EP-SFT group as a staff member where I will continue acting as software infrastructure expert and will be contributing to the better collaboration between ATLAS and EP-SFT group. My task together with my team members is to support hundreds of developers and thousands of users of the experimental software.

Javier PICÓN LORCA

Javier PICÓN LORCA

I recently joined the Scientific Committees, Schools and Meetings Section (EP-AGS-SCS) as a Fellow in September 2018. My background is Administration/Business Management and my role will be organizing the meetings of all CERN Scientific Committees and their subordinate bodies; providing assistance to their Chairs, Scientific Secretaries and members as well as coordinate the preparation and distribution of all documents related to the meeting. I will be also providing administrative and secretarial support to the organization of the CERN Schools of Physics, Workshop, Seminars and Conferences.

Tamara Vazquez Schroeder

Tamara Vazquez Schroeder

I am an experimental particle physicist working with the ATLAS experiment. I joined the ATLAS Collaboration in 2010 as a PhD student with the University of Goettingen, and continued working as a post-doc with McGill University until 2018. In June, I joined the CERN ATLAS Trigger group as a research fellow, where I will be working on the upgrade of the trigger menu and configuration tools for Run3. My research will focus on measurements and searches in the multilepton final states, such as the measurement of the cross section and properties of the associated production of a top quark pair and a Higgs boson.

Elise Wursten

Elise Wursten

I joined the Baryon Antibaryon Symmetry Experiment (BASE) as a research fellow. This experiment at the Antiproton Decelerator (AD) tests the fundamental symmetries of nature and searches for physics beyond the standard model by precisely measuring properties of both the antiproton and the proton. During my fellowship, I will search for signatures of new physics in the antiproton data and contribute to the planned upgrade of the experiment.

Yanxi Zhang

Yanxi Zhang

I am a particle physicist working on the LHCb experiment with my fellowship which started in September. I work in the EP-LBD group, in particularly with Burkhard Schmidt, to study heavy flavour production and particle correlations in heavy-ion collisions to probe nuclear matter. Previously I worked on heavy hadron spectroscopy studying exotic hadrons and hadrons composed of multiple heavy quarks. I am also interested in CP-violation and rare decays in beauty and charm hadron decays to probe new physics. I will participate in the LHCb detector upgrade collaborating with other fellows and LDs in the group.