Space development; large-scale renewable energies; solar power generation.
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, Jan. 2009 - present.
o Guest Appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York,Sept 2010 - present.
§ Performed particle detector installation, integration and optimization with 10 MHz data acquisition and 10kV high voltage; member of the PHENIX collaboration at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC)
§ Developed software for remote detector monitoring and operation used by collaboration; executed collaboration-wide semi-online raw data processing for detector monitoring and fast analysis.
§ Led group of 10 graduate and undergraduate students in large-scale detector assembly. Performed work planning and quality control. Detector assembled within mechanical tolerances, now installed in PHENIX.
§ Optimized team-work, interpersonal and negotiation skills through scheduling and conserving secure detector operation in high-pressure environment of 50+ people, defined by $2M/week particle collider operation.
§ Suggested radiation shielding based on quantitative analysis of detector performance. Shielding installed by BNL department, significant contribution to accomplish proposed funding physics goals for PHENIX.
§ Performed long-term on-call detector expert /PHENIX data taking shift work (including shift leader position): control and monitoring of detector operation, full responsibility for $2M/$130M detector safety.
o Thesis work at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, Jan. 2009 – present.
§ PhD thesis: Precision measurement of charged particle production in electron-positron annihilations. Advisor: Associate Professor M. Grosse Perdekamp, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
§ Applied analytic, statistical and algebraic tools, computer modeling, quantitative complex problem solving. Developed novel analysis techniques from creative/intuitive guidance, adopted by collaborators.
§ Performed large-scale data analysis (~300TB) at the Belle experiment at KEK, Japan. Complex, multi-year analysis objective: Largely autonomous identification/fulfillment of short-/long-term milestone schedule.
§ Acquired detailed understanding of wide physical theory context of measurement. Development of theoretical models and verification of models with measured/generated data.
§ Successful writing of summary reports of multi-year analysis; publications in peer-reviewed journals.
§ Analysis framework/computing environment training and review of publications/talks of collaborators.
§ Experience in speaking to diverse audiences in talks and facility/equipment tours (high school/undergraduate/ graduate students), conveying complex contents to non-expert audiences.
PhD in Nuclear Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aug. 2008 – Mar. 2013 (expected).
Magister (BS/MS Equivalent) in Nuclear Physics, University of Vienna, Austria, Oct. 2003 – July 2008.
Computer Software Proficiency
§ C/C++, Perl, Cshell; PostgreSQL; Html, PHP.
§ Vast experience using Linux, Windows; C/C++-based data analysis software ROOT.
§ Experience in using virtual machines, NX and VNC services, batch job queues (LSF/condor).
§ Experience in generating and analyzing Monte Carlo-simulated data.
Certifications and Awards
§ Maurice Goldhaber Research Scholar Award in Nuclear Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012.
o Awarded to outstanding graduate students consistently demonstrating highest level of performance.
§ Certificate of CERN School of Computing, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2011.
o International school organized by the CERN particle physics laboratory, Switzerland, admitting top 60 applicants.
§ M. Leitgab et al. (Belle Collaboration); Title: Precision measurement of charged pion and kaon multiplicities in e+e- annihilation at Q=10.52 GeV; in review at Physical Review Letters; arXiv:1301.6183 [hep-ex]. Own research.
§ M. Leitgab, for the Belle Collaboration; Title: Fragmentation Functions at Belle, arXiv:1210.2137 [hep-ex]; Proceedings to DIS2012, Bonn, Germany. Describes results of own and collaborative research.
Public Speaking (Sel.)
§ Invited talk at Fragmentation2012 Workshop at RIKEN, Japan (2012), about own thesis research results.
§ Parallel session talk at international conference DIS2012, Bonn, Germany (2012), about own thesis and collaborative research results.
§ Parallel session talk at international conference SPIN2010, Juelich, Germany (2010), about own thesis and collaborative research results.
§ Invited talk at PHENIX Collaboration Meeting, Tallahassee, FL (2012), about own contributions in integration and operation of particle detector.
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