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
Monthly Archives: June 2015
ALUMNI: Sahal Yacoob PhD 2010
Sahal Yacoob came to Northwestern University with a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cape Town. He was a Luminosity expert on the DO experiment and Fermilab and measured the W boson mass with and uncertainty of 0.025%. After graduation he joined the new South African effort on the ATLAS experiment at CERN, first at the University of Wittwatersrand, then at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has moved back to Cape Town as a Lecturer in Physics on ATLAS as of summer 2015. See news from Sahal on the ATLAS Blog.
Alumni: Brandon Walker BA-2010
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).”
He is currently a doctoral student in Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
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.