Kaseylin Yoke shows her poster on MINERvA data quality at the SURE Science Symposium.

Junior Physics major Kaseylin Yoke was awarded a $5,000 SURE Science Summer Fellowship by the College of Science.  The SURE Fellowship supports students to do research over the summer.  She spent the summer learning to analyze data from the MINERvA experimentand finished by spending two weeks in Illinois at Fermilab working with graduate students Amit Bashyal and Sean Gilligan and seeing the apparatus in the flesh.

She delivered a very popular poster on her work at the SURE Science Symposium in early September.

Chris Pratt analyzed Z boson decays on the D0 experiment while getting degrees in Integrated Science and Mathematics (with a certificate in Finance from Kellogg) at Northwestern.  He uses the data analysis skills he learned in the Schellman group as an Associate Analyst at NERA Economic Consulting in Chicago.

Chris and Miranda at the Great Wall.  A long way from the Quad Cities!
Chris and Miranda at the Great Wall. A long way from the Quad Cities!

Gabriel Nowak is a Junior in the Physics program at Oregon State.  He’s been in the Schellman group for 6 months and is writing a data comparator for the MINERvA and MicroBooNE experiments at Fermilab.

 

Gabriel Nowak working on the data comparator in the Fermilab neutrino control room.
Gabriel Nowak working on the data comparator in the Fermilab neutrino control room.

 

This link compares two versions of the MINERvA simulation code.  It combines  the CDF data validation code with Gabriel’s histogram generator.

Jason Stein, former physics student, now a neuroscientist.
Jason Stein, former physics student, now a neuroscientist.

Jason Stein wrote his undergraduate thesis with the Schellman group on “Theoretical Calculation of the Charge Asymmetry Uncertainties Using the CTEQ6 Parton Distribution Function Set.” as a student in the Integrated Science Program at Northwestern University. He also helped create the D0 experiment luminosity readout system.  He went on to graduate study and postdoctoral fellowships in neuroscience at UCLA and has just accepted a faculty position in genetics and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  See his lab page at http://www.steinlab.org/ .

 

The Luminosity group in 2005, Tim Andeen, Michelle Reschke, Sahal Yacoob, Terry Toole, Marco Verzocchi, Elizabeth Gallas and Jason Stein
The Luminosity group in 2005, Tim Andeen, Michelle Reschke, Sahal Yacoob, Terry Toole, Marco Verzocchi, Elizabeth Gallas and Jason Stein

 

Vasiliy Kuznetsov worked with the Schellman group on the MINERvA experiment starting in his freshman year at Northwestern.  He used Python and Postgres to make a client-server high voltage control system and a tracking database for calibration constants.  He ended up graduating Magna cum Laude with majors in Mathematics and Economics with a minor in Business Institutions.  He now uses the data skills he learned on MINERvA as a Software Engineer at facebook

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Vasiliy enjoys the Bay Area

Brandon Walker graduated from Northwestern in 2010 with Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Astronomy and in Mathematics.  He did his honors thesis in the Schellman group on `An Algorithm for Particle Tracking and Analysis of Muons in the Main Injector Experiment v-A (MINERvA).”

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He is currently a doctoral student in Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Brandon Walker (center) helps assemble the MINERvA detector 300 feet below Fermilab
Brandon Walker (center) helps assemble the MINERvA detector 300 feet below Fermilab

For his PhD, he’s designing and building a modular multi-source electron beam scanner for high speed computed tomography and 3D printing applications. The system would enable ultra-fast CT scans for improved image quality in cardiac imaging and could be a game changer for 3D printing. The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) has filed two patents for the project, one in 2014 and another in 2015 (patents pending).

He has also co-founded 2 startup companies. Formula Database, GelCombs and has his own consulting company that does quality assurance for radiation and diagnostic imaging products.