ATLAS Collaboration Awards
The ATLAS Collaboration has over 5500 members in over 180 institutions around the globe. But, did you know that over 1000 of these members are PhD students? Students contribute strongly and critically to all areas of the experiment while learning valuable skills for their degrees. The ATLAS Thesis Awards are selected annually by a dedicated committee to recognise outstanding contributions in the context of PhD theses.
2018 Thesis Awards
- Nedaa Alexandra Asbah (DESY Hamburg) - Search for the Production of a Standard Model Higgs Boson in Association with Top-Quarks and Decaying into a Pair of Bottom-Quarks with 13 TeV ATLAS Data
- Andrew Stuart Bell (University of London) - b-Tagging and Evidence for the Standard Model H to bb Decay with the ATLAS Experiment
- Rafal Bielski (University of Manchester) - Top Quark Pair Production Measurements in the Single Lepton Channel using the ATLAS Detector
- Nicolas Köhler (MPI München) - Searches for the Supersymmetric Partner of the Top Quark, Dark Matter and Dark Energy at the ATLAS Experiment
- Stefano Manzoni (University of Milan & INFN; University Pierre et Marie Curie & LPNHE-Paris) - Physics with Photons with the ATLAS Run 2 Data: Calibration and Identification, Measurement of the Higgs Boson Mass and Search for Supersymmetry in the Di-Photon Final State
- Anne-Luise Poley (DESY Zeuthen) - Studies of Adhesives and Metal Contacts on Silicon Strip Sensors for the ATLAS Inner Tracker
See the News Article on the 2018 Awards.
2017 Thesis Awards
- Pierfrancesco Butti (Nikhef, Netherlands) - Search for scalar top quarks decaying into scalar tau leptons with ATLAS at √s = 8 TeV and Alignment of the ATLAS Inner Detector in Run-2
- Johanna Gramling (Université de Genève, Switzerland) - Search for Dark Matter in Missing-Energy Final States with an Energetic Jet or Top Quarks with the ATLAS Detector
- Oleh Kivernyk (CEA/Irfu/SPP, Université Paris-Saclay, France) - Measurement of the W-boson mass with the ATLAS detector
- Philip Sommer (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany) - A Measurement of W Boson Pair Production in pp Collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS Experiment
- Markus Zinser (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany) - Search for new heavy charged bosons and measurement of high-mass Drell-Yan production in proton-proton collisions
See the News Article on the 2017 Awards.
2016 Thesis Awards
- Miguel Arratia (University of Cambridge, UK) - Studies of radiation damage in silicon sensors and a measurement of the inelastic proton–proton cross-section at 13 TeV
- Kurt Brendlinger (University of Pennsylvania, USA) - Physics with Electrons in the ATLAS Detector
- Lene Bryngemark (Lund University, Sweden) - Search for new phenomena in dijet angular distributions at√s = 8 and 13 TeV
- Joana Machado Miguéns (Lisboa University, Portugal) - Observation and measurement of the Higgs boson in the WW decay channel with ATLAS at the LHC
- Benjamin Philip Nachman (Stanford University, USA) - Investigating the quantum properties of jets and the search for a supersymmetric top quark partner with the ATLAS detector
- Matthias Saimpert (Université Paris-Saclay, France) - Mesure de la section efficace de production de paires de photons isolés dans l'expérience ATLAS au LHC et étude des couplages à quatre photons
See the News Article on the 2016 Awards.
2015 Thesis Awards
- Javier Montejo Berlingen (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain) - Search for new physics in ttbar final states with additional heavy-flavor jets with the ATLAS detector
- Ruth Pöttgen (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany) - Search for Dark Matter in events with a highly energetic jet and missing transverse momentum in proton-proton collisions at sqrt (s)= 8TeV with the ATLAS Detector
- Nils Ruthmann (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg Germany) - Search for the Standard Model Higgs to tau+ tau- decays in the lepton-hadron final state in proton-proton collisions with the ATLAS detector at the LHC
- Steven Schramm (University of Toronto, Canada) - Searching for Dark Matter with the ATLAS Detector in Events with an Energetic Jet and Large Missing Transverse Momentum
See the News Article on the 2015 Awards.
2014 Thesis Awards
- Andrew Chisholm (University of Birmingham, UK) - Measurements of the chi_c and chi_b quarkonium states in pp collisions with the ATLAS experiment
- Kun Liu (Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, France, and the University of Science and Technology of China) - Observation of the Higgs particle in diphoton events and search for the Higgs particle in Zgamma events at ATLAS
- Marcus Morgenstern (Technischen Universität Dresden, Germany) - Search for heavy resonances decaying into the fully hadronic di-tau final state
- Priscilla Pani (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands) - To the bottom of the stop: Calibration of bottom-quark jets identification algorithms and search for scalar top-quarks and dark matter with the Run 1 ATLAS data
- Dennis Perepelitsa (Columbia University, USA) - Inclusive jet production in ultrarelativistic proton-nucleus collisions
- James Saxon (University of Pennsylvania, USA) - Discovery of the Higgs Boson, Measurements of its Production, and a Search for Higgs Boson Pair Production
See the News Article on the 2014 Awards.
2013 Thesis Awards
- John Alison (University of Pennsylvania, USA) - The Road to Discovery : Detector Alignment, Electron Identification, Particle Misidentification, WW Physics, and the Discovery of the Higgs Boson
- Teng-Jian Khoo (University of Cambridge, UK) - The hunting of the squark: Experimental strategies in the search for supersymmetry at the Large Hadron Collider
- Julien Maurer (Aix-Marseille University and Centre de Physique des Particules de Marseille, France) - Mesure des performances de reconstruction des électrons et recherche de Supersymétriedans les canaux avec deux leptons de même charge dans les données du détecteur ATLAS
- Christopher J. Meyer (University of Chicago, USA) - Measurement of Dijet Cross Sections in Proton-Proton Collisions at 7 TeV Center-of-Mass Energy Using the ATLAS Detector
- Kristof Schmieden (University of Bonn, Germany) - Measurement of the Weak Mixing Angle and the Spin of the Gluon from Angular Distributions in the Reaction pp-->Z/γ* --> μ+μ-+X with ATLAS
See the News Article on the 2013 Awards.
2012 Thesis Awards
- Aaron Angerami (Columbia University, USA) - Jet Quenching in RelaEvisEc Heavy Ion Collisions at the LHC
- Paolo Francavilla (Università di Pisa, Italy) - Measurement of the inclusive jet cross section with the ATLAS detector at the LHC
- Anna Henrichs (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany) - Precision Measurements of the Top Quark Pair Production Cross Section in the Single Lepton Channel with the ATLAS Experiment
- Eleni Mountricha (National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and CEA de Saclay, France) - Search for the H → ZZ* → 4ℓ channel with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC leading to the observation of a new particle compatible with the Higgs boson
- Yasuyuki Okumura (Nagoya University, Japan) - The top-quark pair production cross-section measurement in the dilpeton final state at proton-proton collisions with √s=7 TeV
2011 Thesis Awards
- Michael Hance (Pennsylvania University, USA) - Measurement of Inclusive Isolated Prompt Photon Production in Proton-Proton Collisions at √s = 7 TeV with the ATLAS Detector
- David Lopez Mateos (California Institute of Technology, USA) - Measurement of Multi-jet Production Cross Section at a Center-of-Mass energy of 7 TeV at the Large Hadron Collider with the ATLAS Detector
- David W. Miller (SLAC, USA) - Measurement of Hadronic Event Shapes and Jet Substructure in Proton-Proton Collisions at 7.0 TeV Center-of-Mass Energy with the ATLAS Detector at the Large Hadron Collider
- Christian Ohm (Stockholm University) - Searches for exotic stable massive particles with the ATLAS experiment
- Verena Martinez Outschoorn (Harvard University) - Measurement of the Charge Asymmetry of W Bosons Produced in pp Collisions at √s = 7 TeV with the ATLAS Detector
2010 Thesis Awards
- Michael Duehrssen (Freiburg, Germany) - Study of Higgs bosons in the WW final state and development of a fast calorimeter simulation for the ATLAS experiment
- Carlos Solans Sanchez (Instituto de Física Corpuscular Valencia, Spain) - Implementation of the ROD Crate DAQ Software for the ATLAS Tile Calorimeter and a Search for a MSSM Higgs Boson Decaying into Tau Pairs
- Zachary L Marshall (California Institute of Technology, USA) - A Measurement of Jet Shapes in Proton-Proton Collisions at 7 TeV Center-of-Mass Energy with the ATLAS Detector at the Large Hadron Collider
Outstanding Achievement Awards
The Outstanding Achievement Awards give recognition to excellent contributions made to the collaboration. Nominations come from across the collaboration, in areas such as technical coordination, detector systems, as well as activity areas including upgrade, combined performance and outreach. Winners are selected annually by the Collaboration Board Chair Advisory Group.
2018 Outstanding Achievement Awards
- Jeffrey R. Dandoy (University of Pennsylvania) and Khoo Teng Jian (University of Geneva) were celebrated for their creative and dedicated contributions to the measurement of jet energy and missing transverse momentum.
- Alex Kastanas (Stockholm University) for his excellent contribution to the on-line luminosity software as well as dedicated operational support.
- Noemi Calace (CERN) and Nora Emilia Pettersson (University of Massachusetts) for their remarkable contributions to the ITK upgrade project through simulation, reconstruction and performance studies.
- Takuto Kunigo (Kyoto University), Tomoyuki Saito (ICEPP, University of Tokyo) and Shota Suzuki (KEK) were celebrated for their outstanding contributions in the development, deployment and commissioning of the trigger burst-stopper for the ATLAS Level-1 endcap muon system.
- Olga Igonkina (Nikhef), Murrough Landon (Queen Mary University of London), Imma Riu (Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology), Eduard Simioni (University of Mainz) and Rosa Simoniello (University of Mainz) received awards for their exceptional contributions and dedication in successfully commissioning the Level-1 Topo trigger.
- Ed Moyse (University of Massachusetts) and Scott Snyder (Brookhaven National Laboratory) for their outstanding contributions to software development and deployment.
See the News Article on the 2018 Awards.
2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards
- Marcello Bindi (University of Göttingen), Laura Jeanty (Berkeley National Lab), Kerstin Lantzsch (University of Bonn), Karolos Potamianos (Berkeley National Lab) and Yosuke Takubo (KEK) were celebrated for their outstanding contributions to the successful commissioning and operation of the Pixel Detector for the start-up of Run 2.
- Dmitri Kharchenko (JINR), Uladzimir Kruchonak (JINR), Konstantin Levterov (JINR) and Enrico Pastori (University of Rome Tor Vergata and INFN) were celebrated for developing new techniques ensuring stable operation of the RPC gas system.
- Filipe Martins (Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Particle Physics (LIP)) for his contribution to the operations and upgrade of the TileCal Detector Control System.
- Ricardo Abreu (University of Oregon), Patrick Czodrowski (CERN), Carlos Barajas (University of Sussex), Joana Machado Miguens (University of Pennsylvania) and Mark Stockton (McGill University) for their outstanding contributions to ensuring the integrity of the Trigger during Run 2.
- The ATLAS Magnet Team, CERN VSC (Vacuum, Surfaces & Coatings) Team, CERN Central Workshop and CERN Detectors Technology Operations Group were celebrated for their outstanding work on the vacuum bellows for the Endcap C Toroid. This year, in addition to awarding specific members of the collaboration, special recognition was also given to these ATLAS and CERN groups.
- Magda Chelstowska (CERN) and Christian Ohm (Berkeley National Lab) for providing prompt data reconstruction at Tier 0, especially during the 2015 run.
- Attila Krasznahorkay (CERN) was given an award for his outstanding contributions to the development and implementation of the Run 2 analysis model, in particular the development of the xAOD.
- Matthias Danninger (University of British Columbia) and Hideyuki Oide (University of Genoa and INFN) were celebrated for their outstanding contributions to the real-time tracking of the Insertable B-Layer alignment.
See the News Article on the 2016 Awards.
2015 Outstanding Achievement Awards
- Gabriel Facini (University of Chicago) and Anthony Morley (University of Sydney) were recognised for their outstanding contribution to improving track reconstruction in dense environments.
- David Adams (Brookhaven National Laboratory) and Pierre-Antoine Delsart (CNRS) received awards for leading and implementing crucial changes to jet and Etmiss software and development of related xAOD dual use tools during LS1.
- Tadashi Maeno (Brookhaven National Laboratory) was recognised for his contributions to the design, development and commissioning of innovative new distributed computing software critical to the LS1 S&C upgrade programme and the Run 2 physics programme, including JEDI and the Event Service.
- James Frost (University of Oxford) was awarded for his contribution to the Data Preparation area, particularly for serving as PROC and DQ convener.
- Ewa Stanecka (Polish Academy of Sciences) was awarded for her work in the Inner Detector DCS (Detector Control System).
- Bruce M. Barnett (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) was awarded for his contribution to the Level 1 calorimeter trigger over many years, and in particular in leading the system successfully through LS1.
- Frederic Rosset and Cedric Sorde (both with CERN) were recognised for their contribution to the opening and closing process of the ATLAS experiment during LS1.
- Koichi Nagai (University of Oxford) was recognised for his dedication to SCT operations and Run 2 commissioning.
- Gary Drake (Argonne National Laboratory), Irakli Minashvili (JINR) and Stanislav Nemecek (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic) were awarded for their work leading to the improved reliability Low Voltage Power Supplies and the consolidation of the Front-End electronics of the Tile Hadronic Calorimeter for Run 2.
- Jiri Masik (University of Manchester), Mark Sutton (University of Sussex), and Dmitry Emeliyanov and Stewart Martin-Haugh (both with STFC) were recognised for the drastic improvements in performance, timing and flexibility of the ATLAS Trigger Tracking software.
- Moritz Backes and Michael Rammensee (both with CERN), Yu Nakahama (KEK), Catrin Bernius (New York University), and Tim Martin and Elisabetta Pianori (both with University of Warwick), received awards for their dedication to the implementation and commissioning of the complex ATLAS Run-2 trigger menu.
- Guido Volpi (University of Pisa and INFN) was recognised for his original, crucial and extended work on designing the Fast Tracker system (FTK) and its simulation.
- Nicholas Styles (DESY) received his award for his continuing work to establish and allow simulation and reconstruction of the Inner Detector for Phase II upgrade layouts.
See the News Article on the 2015 Awards.
2014 Outstanding Achievement Awards
- Martin Jäkel (CERN) was awarded for his contribution to the technical infrastructure and for being a pillar of the ATLAS operations for the whole of Run I.
- Jörg Stelzer (CERN), Tomasz Bold (AGH University of Science and Technology Cracow), and Werner Wiedenmann (University of Wisconsin) - Chief architects of the Trigger Core Software group - were recognized for their work in the design, implementation, commissioning and support of the ATLAS Trigger Core Software.
- John Chapman (University of Cambridge) was awarded for his work in ATLAS simulation, especially in developing, maintaining and coordinating the ATLAS pile-up simulation and digitisation. He dedicated the award to everyone who works in simulation in the collaboration.
- Walter Lampl (University of Arizona), Stefan Simion (Laboratoire de l'Accelerateur Lineaire Orsay), and Denis Damazio (Brookhaven National Laboratory) were awarded for their work on the installation, maintenance and problem solving of the Liquid Argon front-end electronics and reconstruction, condition database, calibration, commissioning and running of the Liquid Argon detector during Run I.
- Nikolay Azaryan, Vitaly Batusov, Mikhail Lyablin (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research Dubna), and Dirk Mergelkuhl (CERN) were recognised for their contribution in the alignment and survey work on almost all of the ATLAS detector components and supporting structures.
See the News Article on the 2014 Awards.