Tim Andeen received his doctorate for work on the D0 experiment at Fermilab in 2008. His thesis, `Measurement of the W Boson Mass with the D0 Run II Detector using the Electron PT Spectrum’ used a precision measurement of the W boson mass to make tight constraints on the mass of the Higgs boson, several years before the Higgs was finally discovered. He then went to Columbia University as a postdoc and research associate on the ATLAS experiment at CERN. He will start as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Texas, Austin in Fall 2015.
Tracy Taylor Thomas received her doctorate in the Schellman group on the D0 experiment at Fermilab. Her 1997 doctoral thesis was on “Strongly interacting color singlet exchange in proton – anti-proton collisions at 1800-GeV”. Instead of staying in Illinois as a postdoc, she moved to Portland Oregon and used her computing skills as a software engineer at U.S. Software, she is now the Director for Professional Services Operations at Jive Software and a popular Portland beer critic.
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.