Achievement of former postdocs & grad. students

EDUCATION- EDUCATION IS ONE OF OUR PRIMARY MISSIONS

TRAINING OF GRADUATE STUDENTS
Fifty nine graduate students have obtained Ph.D. degrees under Prof. Wu’s supervision. Their names and their first post-doc positions are given in Table 1, including Kyle Cranmer who was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers 2007.  
ATLAS THESES.
Out of the 59 students, 17 obtained their degrees in ATLAS (Table 2). 
ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF FORMER POST-DOCS AND GRADUATE STUDENTS
Thirty four former postdocs and graduate students are faculty members mainly in major U.S. universities (24 full professors and 10 associate professors with tenure). In addition, 13 are permanent staff members at major High Energy Physics laboratories. The detailed list is given in Table 3-4; also shown is a number of our PhD entering the workforce of well-known industries, providing successfully the functionality of technology transfer (Table 5).

Table 1: EDUCATION -Training of graduate students – 59 Ph.D. granted

Fifty nine graduate students have obtained their Ph.D. degrees under Sau Lan Wu's supervision, including 10 theses from TASSO, 23 from ALEPH, 9 from the BaBar, and 17 from ATLAS.  We list here below their academic post doc positions or non-academic positions after graduation.

1) James Freeman T 1981 Fermilab   31) Doug Ferguson A 2001 Wisconsin
2) Timothy Barklow T 1983 Stanford   32) Jason Nielsen A 2001 Berkeley
3) Eric Wicklund T 1984 Caltech   33) Eric Charles B 2002 Berkeley
4) H.Venkataramania T 1985 Yale   34) P. McNamara A 2002 Rutgers
5) David Strom T 1986 McCormick Fellow at U of Chicago   35) Steve Sekula B 2004 MIT
6) Michael Cherney T 1987 Berkeley   36) Ran Liu B 2004 Berkeley Business School
7) Allen Caldwell T 1987 Columbia   37) Jinwei Wu B 2004 Harvard
8) Steven Ritz T 1988 Columbia   38) Zhitang Yu B 2005 Clear Shape Tech.
9) David Muller T 1989 Stanford   39) Mousumi Datta B 2005 Fermi National Lab
10) M. Takashima T 1989 CERN Fellow   40) Baosen Cheng B 2005 Avestar-IP
11) Douglas Cowen A 1990 Caltech   41) Attila Mihalyi B 2005 Princeton Consultants
12) John Hilgart A 1991 CERN Fellow   42) Kyle Cranmer * 2005 Goldhaber Fellow at BNL
13) Joe Boudreau A 1991 CERN Fellow   43) Karina Loureiro 2006 Ohio State
14) Jim Wear A 1991 U.C. Santa Cruz   44) Paul Kutter B 2006 Citizen’s Insurance
15) Yibin Pan A 1991 Wisconsin   45) Alden Stradling 2008 U of Texas Arlington
16) David Cinabro A 1991 Harvard   46) Yaquan Fang 2008 Wisconsin
17) Joleen Pater A 1992 CERN Fellow   47) William Quayle 2008 US ATLAS Analysis Fellow
18) Fred Weber A 1993 CERN Fellow   48) Xin Chen 2009 Wisconsin
19) Michael Walsh A 1995 Rutgers   49) Elizabeth  Castaneda 2011 Foreign Academic Fellowship, Mexico
20) Leo Bellantoni A 1995 Fermilab Lederman Fellow followed by Wilson Fellow   50) Haifeng  Li 2012 SUNY-Stony Brook
21) Zhong Feng A 1995 Johns Hopkins   51) G. Carrillo  Montoya 2012 CERN Fellow
22) Yongsheng Gao A 1995 Harvard   52) A. Castaneda 2012 U of Texas – A&M
23) Jane Nachtman A 1997 Fermilab Wilson Fellow   53) Haichen Wang 2013 Chamberlain Fellow at Berkeley
24) Jim Grahl A 1998 Iowa State   54) Haoshuang Ji 2014 CONVIVA (real-time big data processing platform)
25) Peter Elmer A 1998 Princeton   55) Yao Ming 2016 Amazon
26) Steve Armstrong A 1998 CERN Fellow   56) Hongtao Yang 2016 Chamberlain Fellow at Berkeley
27) William Orejudos A 1998 Berkeley   57) Andrew Hard 2016 Google
28) Xidong Wu A 1999 SBC Communications   58) Fangzhou Zhang 2017 Ernst & Young
29) Owen Hayes A 1999 Booz Allen Hamilton Consulting   59) Fuquan Wang 2017 Yelp
30) Tom Greening A 1999 CERN Fellow  

* Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers 2007

This list includes a few co-advised students.

 


Table 2: EDUCATION - Training of graduate  students – ATLAS Theses

Seventeen Ph.D. students have obtained their Ph.D. doing ATLAS research under Prof. Sau Lan Wu’s supervision.

  • 1) Kyle Cranmer (Goldhaber Fellow at BNL; Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers 2007, now Associate Professor at New York University). Searching for New Physics: Contributions to LEP and the LHC, 2005.
  • 2) Karina Loureiro (Postdoc at Ohio State University). Measuring the Photon Energy Scale Through Test Beam Data, 2006.
  • 3) William Quayle (USATLAS Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab). Searches in the HWW Decay Mode Using the ATLAS Detector, 2008.
4) Alden Stradling (Postdoc at the University of Texas at Arlington) An examination of backgrounds to early-run minimum-bias events in atlas at the LHC, 2008 
5) Yaquan Fang, (Postdoc at University of Wisconsin), Search for SM Higgs decaying to two photons via ATLAS detector, 2008.
6) Xin Chen, (Postdoc at University of Wisconsin), Reconsctruction of missing ET 2009 and search for a SM Higgs boson via VBF in the H -> tau+ tau- decay in ATLAS, 2008
  • 7) Elizabeth Castaneda (Foreign Academic Fellow, Mexico). Search for Dilepton Heavy Mass Resonances (Z’) with the ATLAS Experiment at LHC, 2011.
  • 8) Haifeng Li (Postdoc at SUNY at Stony Brook). Search for Standard Model Higgs Boson in H → WW*→lνlν Decay Mode with ATLAS Detector at √s = 7 TeV, 2012.
  • 9) German Carrillo Montoya (Postdoc at University of Witwatersrand and CERN fellow). Standard Model Higgs boson searches in the weak boson decay channels with the ATLAS detector, 2012.
  • 10) Alfredo Castaneda  (Postdoc at University of Texas - A&M). Search for TeV-scale Gravity Signatures in Final States with Leptons and Jets with ATLAS at √s=7 TeV, 2012.

11) Haichen Wang (Postdoc at Berkeley with Chamberlain Fellowship).  Discovery of the Higgs boson in the Hγγ  channel with 7 and 8 TeV data (Also selected as Enrico Fermi Fellow at U. of Chicago), 2015.

12) Haoshuang Ji (software engineer at Conviva) Discovery and measurement of a Higgs Boson,  2014

13) Hongtao Yang (Postdoc at Berkeley with Chamberlain Fellowship). Discovery of the Higgs Boson, measurements of Higgs Boson properties, and search for high mass beyond the standard model scalar particle in the diphoton final state with the ATLAS detector at the large hadron collider, 2016)

14) Yao Ming (Software Developpment Engineer at Amazon corporate LLC) . Search for b¯b decay of the Standard Model Higgs boson produced in association with a vector boson (W/Z) with the ATLAS detector, 2016

15) Andrew Hard (Software engineer at Google) Search and discovery with the resonant  γγ final state at ATLAS, 2016.

16) Fuquan Wang (Software engineer at Yelp) Search for Dark Matter in events with a photon and missing transverse momentum in pp collisions at √s = 8 and 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector, 2016

17) Fangzhou Zhang (Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young) . Measurements of the Higgs Boson Production and Decay Rates and Coupling Strengths using pp Collision Data at √s = 7 and 8 TeV in the ATLAS Experiment, 2017.

 

Table 3 - 5: EDUCATION – ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF FORMER POST-DOCS AND FORMER GRADUATE STUDENTS

Table 3 Our 34 former postdocs and graduate students are faculty members in major U.S. universities and worldwide. Table 4 Thirteen of former postdocs and graduate students are permanent staff members at major High Energy Physics laboratories. Table 5 A number of our former postdocs and graduate students entered the workforce of well-known industries, providing successfully the functionality of technology transfer.

 

Table 3 FULL PROFESSORS (24)

1) Steven Ritz

Full Professor and Director of the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (UC- Santa Cruz); NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal; APS Fellow; Sloan Foundation Fellow; Chairman of the Project Prioritization Panel (P5) 2013; former member of HEPAP

2) Robert Johnson

Full Professor, Chair and former Associate Director of the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (University of California, Santa Cruz); APS Fellow

3) Allen Caldwell

Former Full Professor (Columbia University), now Managing Director of Max-Planck-Institute for Physics, Munich (since April 2012); former spokesman of ZEUS (1997-1998) 

4) Michael Cherney

Full Professor, former Director – Energy Technology Program (Creighton University)

5) Vivek Sharma

Full Professor (UC San Diego); Sloan Foundation Fellow; APS Fellow

6) David Strom

Full Professor (University of Oregon)

7) Shan Jin

Full Professor and former Deputy Director, Exp. Phys. Div. (Inst. of HEP, Beijing); former member of the Science Committee of IHEP; 100 Talents award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; National Science Award for Distinguished Young Scholars

8) John Conway

Full Professor (University of California, Davis); APS Fellow 

9) John Harton

Full Professor (Colorado State University)

10) Yuanning Gao

Full Professor and Director of the Center for HEP (Tsinghua Univ., Beijing); 100 Talents award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; National Science Award for Distinguished Young Scholars

11) David Cinabro 

Full Professor and Chair of Physics and Astronomy (Wayne State University

12) Hongbo Hu

Full Prof.; former standing member of the Science Committee of IHEP and former Deputy Director of the Astroparticle Physics Lab. (Inst. of HEP, Beijing); 100 Talents award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; National Science Award for Distinguished Young Scholars.

13) Douglas Cowen

Full Professor of Physics (Penn State U), NSF Career Award (1999-2003); Fulbright Scholar; NSF career award; Francis W. Sears Physics Prize

14) Haibo Li

Full Professor (Institute of High Energy Physics, Beijing); 100 Talents award; National Science Award for Distinguished Young Scholars.

15) Joe Izen

Full Professor (University of Texas, Dallas); former co-spokesman of BES

16) Haiping Peng

Full Professor (University of Science and Technology, China); 100 Talents award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; National Science Award for Distinguished Young Scholars.

17) Michael Schmitt

Full Professor  and Chair (Northwestern University), former Assistant Professor at Harvard

18) Joe Boudreau

Full Professor (University of Pittsburgh) 

19) Lianliang Ma

Full Professor (Shandong University, China); Qi-Lu Young Scholar of Shandong University; Recipient of Chinese National Award for 1000 Youth Talents Plan.

20) Stathes Paganis

Full Professor (National Taiwan University, Taiwan); former Professor at the University of Sheffield, UK

21) Yaquan Fang

Full Professor (Institute of HEP, Beijing); 100 Talent award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Chinese National Award for 1000 Youth Talents Plan

22) Bruce Mellado

Full Professor (U. of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)

23) Jason Nielsen

Full Professor and Associate Director, Institute for Particle Physics (University of California, Santa Cruz)

24) Haifeng Li Full Professor (Shandong University, China); Qi-Lu Young Scholar of Shandong University

ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS WITH TENURE (7)

25) Yibin Pan

Associate Professor (University of Wisconsin)

26)Trevor Vickey

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) (Sheffield University, UK)

27) Jane Nachtman

Associate Professor (University of Iowa)

28) Yongsheng Gao

Associate Professor (California State University at Fresno)

29) Gerald Rudolph

Associate Professor (Universität Innsbruck)

30) Kyle Cranmer

Associate Professor (New York University); NSF Career Award (2009); Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers 2007; Goldhaber Fellow, BNL 2005-2007; Member of  HEPAP (2016-2019)

31) Isabel Pedraza

Associate Professor (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico)

ASSISTANT PROFESSORS (3)

32) Luis Flores Castillo

Assistant Professor (Chinese University of Hong Kong, China)

33) Swagato Banerjee

Assistant Professor (University of Louisville)

34) Xin Chen

Assistant Professor (Tsinghua University, China)


Table 4 PERMANENT STAFF POSITIONS IN NATIONAL HIGH ENERGY LABS (13)
Thirteen of our former postdocs and graduate students have permanent staff positions in national and international high energy laboratories.
                                                                  Former Postdocs

  • 1) Saul Gonzalez

Program Director of Experimental Elementary Particle Physics at NSF ;
Former Assistant Director for Physical Sciences at The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy;
Former Program Manager for Proton Accelerator Physics, Physics Research Division of Office of High Energy Physics, DOE

  • 2) Pierre Lecomte

Senior Research Scientist, ETHZ (Switzerland)

  • 3) Tom C. Meyer

Staff Physicist, CERN

  • 4) John Walsh

Senior Researcher, INFN (Italy)

  • 5) Mathew Graham

Staff Physicist, SLAC


                                                                  Former Graduate Students

  • 6) James Freeman

Scientist II, Fermilab

  • 7) Tim Barklow

Staff Physicist, SLAC

  • 8) David Muller

Staff Physicist, SLAC

  • 9) Eric Wicklund

Staff Physicist, Fermilab

  • 10) Leo Bellantoni

Scientist I, Fermilab (former Wilson and Lederman Fellows at Fermilab)

11) Joleen Pater Staff Physicist at the University of Manchester
  • 12) Eric Charles

Staff Physicist, SLAC

  • 13) Peter Elmer

Research staff at Princeton University

 

Table 5 : EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

An interesting development is that high-energy physicists are entering the workforce of well-known industries.  Having been well trained in the high technology environment of large international physics collaborations, members of our group are eminently suited to provide the functionality of technology transfer, always on the leading edge.  For example, some of the former postdocs and former graduate students who have held positions in industry are:

(Note that this list may not be up to date)


  • 1) Ian Scott – Partner Chief Data Scientist Deloitte Canada. Former VP customer Solutions at Lattice Engines. Former Chief Technology Officer at Angoss Software; former Director of Client Services.
  • 2) John Yamartino – Director of Analytics at Lam Research. Former Senior Data Scientist at IBM (Greater New York City Area). Former Engineering Program Manager at Applied Materials, Inc., Silicon Valley.
  • 3) Makoto Takashima – Senior Managing Director, Co-Head of International Banking Unit of Europe, Middle East & Africa, Americas, Executive Officer and Director, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Former Executive Director in Equities Division at Morgan Stanley in London.
  • 4) Zhong Feng – Lead System Engineer at Raytheon for NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
  • 5) John Hilgart – Senior Internet Infrastructure Architect at BASF. Former eCommerce Infrastructure Architect.
  • 6) Fred Weber – Senior Research Scientist at A2Z Development Center Inc. A2Z Development Center Inc Grinnell College Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. Former Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University Earth Institute (subject: Spoken Language Technology for Development: Communication as Empowerment). Former Senior Research Scientist at ScanSoft, Inc. (Boston) for speech recognition.
  • 7) Jim Wear – Senior Physicist Scientist at GE Medical Systems
  • 8) Michael Walsh – Consultant at Superior Consulting Company Inc.
  • 9) Xidong Wu – Lead Member of Technical Staff in Telecommunications at AT&T (San Francisco Bay Area). Former Software Engineer at SBC Communications.
  • 10) Owen Hayes – – Founder and Partner of Jorgeson Trading, former Director of Strategy & Technology at Thomson Reuters, Former Business Technology Director at Elsevier (Greater Philadelphia Area). Former Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton Consulting Firm.
  • 11) Thomas Greening – Senior Scientist at Apple (San Francisco Bay Area). Former Principal Scientist at Honeywell. Recipient of Technical Achievement Award (2003) and Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award (2002).
  • 12) Stephen Armstrong – Senior Director – Corporate Capital and Financial Strategy at Lonza (Basel, Switzerland). Former Assistant Vice President, SGS Group management Ltd, Switzerland.
  • 13) Zhitang Yu – Senior Software Development Engineer at Mentor Graphics (San Francisco Bay Area). Former Research and Development Engineer at ClearShape Technologies.
  • 14) Baosen Cheng – Software Engineer at Plaxo (San Francisco Bay Area). Former Software Engineer at Avestar-IP.
  • 15) Attila Mihalyi – Director at Princeton Consultants, former Senior Engineering Specialist at Princeton Consultants (Greater New York City Area). Former Senior Associate/Consultant at Princeton Consultants.
  • 16) Jinwei Wu – Strategist at Goldman Sachs (Greater New York City Area).
  • 17) William Orejudos – Senior Member, Energy and Environmental Services, SRA International (Charlottesville, Virginia Area).
  • 18) Paul Kutter – Directors of Forecasting and Research at Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Former Actuarial Analyst at Citizens Property Insurance (Tallahassee, Florida).
19) Sanjay Padhi – Global Scientific Computing Principal at Amazon Web Servics
20) Lashkar Kashif – Business Associate – Data Science  at  Gartner Inc
21) Haoshuang Ji – Senior Software engineer at Conviva
  • 22) Yao Ming – Software Developpment Engineer at Amazon corporate LLC.
  • 23) Andrew Hard – Software engineer at Google.
  • 24) Fuquan Wang – Software engineer at Yelp.
  • 25) Fangzhou Zhang – Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young.