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RHIP: Current Group Members

Faculty

SorensenSoren P. Sorensen: Professor. Soren has done most of his research within the WA80/93/98 collaboration (transverse energy production, nuclear stopping power, etc.), the PHENIX collaboration (Muon Arm system, offline computing, heavy flavor physics), and the ALICE collaboration (ALICE-USA Coordinator). He is primarily focusing on the ALICE-USA BTU project as well as the analysis of single muon data from the PHENIX Muon Arms and transverse energy production in ALICE.
ReadKen Read: Professor at UTK (50%) and distinguished research staff at ORNL (50%). Ken is the ALICE-USA BTU Project TPC Readout Electronics Coordinator, and has been the coordinator for ALICE-USA O2 development, a member of the ALICE O2 TDR committee, and PI of several related supercomputing projects. He is the representative for the ORNL ALICE-USA Tier 2 computing site. He supervises ALICE heavy flavor electron analyses by Rebecca Scott and PHENIX Cu+Au heavy flavor muon analyses by Kyle Schmoll.
NattrassChristine Nattrass: Assistant Professor. Christine joined the group in August 2009 as a postdoctoral research associate and became a tenure-track assistant professor in August 2012. She works primarily on ALICE, focusing on transverse energy measurements and measurements of jets, and supporting the EMCal and DCal by maintaining the front-end electronics and serving as an on-call expert. Christine also contributes to PHENIX, taking shifts and helping supervise Abhisek and Kyle.

Postdocs

bertensRedmer Bertens




matyjaAdam Matyja





Graduate Students

ScottRebecca Scott: Rebecca graduated from Morehead State University, entered UTK in August 2008, and she joined our group in 2010. Her doctoral thesis is on heavy flavor production at high pT in p+p and p+Pb collisions through measurements of non-photonic electrons in ALICE. She has contributed to the support of the EMCal by working on the front-end electronics. She is expected to graduate in 2016.

schmollKyle Schmoll: Kyle graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2009 and worked on the EXO project the following year. He entered UTK in August 2010 and joined our group in 2011. His doctoral research is on single muon production at forward rapidities in Cu+Au in PHENIX, including flow measurements and use of the FVTX to reduce backgrounds. He has contributed to the effort to understand the luminosity dependence of tracking efficiencies in the muon arms and he is serving as a PHENIX MuID and FVTX expert. He is expected to graduate in 2016.

MazerJoel Mazer: Joel graduated from Penn State University in 2009 and then worked for a year in two projects related to the Chandra X-ray Observatory. He entered UTK in August 2010 and and our group in 2011. His doctoral thesis is on the reaction plane dependence of medium modifications to jets using jet-hadron correlations in ALICE. He has contributed to support of the ALICE EMCal and DCal by testing, repairing, and installing various electronics, constructing cables, performing Quality Assurance, and serving as an on-call expert. He is expected to graduate in 2016.

CastroAndrew Castro: Andy graduated from Cal Poly in 2011, entered UTK in August 2012 and joined our group in 2013. His thesis will be on studies of medium modification of heavy flavor jets using jet-hadron correlations in ALICE. He is also contributing to the TPC Upgrade on issues like radiation monitoring of the electronics and read-out chamber construction.

HughesCharles Hughes: Charles graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2015 and entered UT in August 2015. He has tentatively joined our group and is working on issues related to jet-hadron correlations.

WittWill Witt: Graduate Student. Will graduated in Physics from Auburn University in 2015 and entered UT in August 2015. He has tentatively joined our group and is working on issues related to jet-hadron correlations and transverse energy production.

Undergraduate Students

Tony Perez: Tony is studying models of baryon formation in heavy ion collisions.

James Neuhaus

Skiba Tara Skiba


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