CSC2010 Examination Results

Examination: Best marks

In addition to its warmest congratulations to all the candidates who successfully passed, the jury of the CSC final examination is pleased to announce the following distinctions

François Fluckiger, School Director

The 2010 Podium


Jacob Blomer

CERN, Geneva Switzerland



Nicola Chiapolini

Universität Zürich, Switzerland



Christopher Cowden

University of Cambridge, U.K.


Salvatore di Guida

CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

Johanna Fleckner

CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

Pablo Guerrero

CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

2010 Podium: all 6 students with pictures and bio

Individual marks can be provided to students upon request, by email, to the Examination Coordinator, Ivica Puljak (Ivica [dot] Puljak [AT] cern [dot] ch)

Examination: facts and figures


Students having participated in the examination

49 students (out of a total of 51 ) registered in the final examination, that is 96% of the students attending the school.


34 multiple choice questions were proposed. After deliberation, the jury decided to invalidate one question (number 17). As a result 33 questions were considered for the results

Pass / No-Pass threshold

To be declared as having successfully passed the examination, the student must have replied correctly to 45% or more than 45% of the questions. 

Number of correct answers for successful pass

Any student having replied correctly to 15 or more than 15 questions has been declared as having successfully passed the CSC examination

Number of successful students

49 students succeeded in the examination.


  • CSC Diploma will be handed over to the students at the occasion of  the closing ceremony, Friday 28th of August.

  • The students with the highest marks will be announced at the closing session Friday 28th of August.


Individual marks will be available on demand by email, after the closing session only, from Ivica Puljak (Ivica.Puljak  AT


Examination: List of successful students

The CSC2010 Jury is pleased to warmly congratulate the following students who have successfully passed the 2010 examination.

The students below have successfully passed the examination.
We congratulate them!, François Fluckiger, CSC Director

Abad Rodriguez, Andres
Agocs, Andras
Ahmad, Muhammad
Alvarez Fernandez, Eduardo
Arora, Rahul
Baban, Valerica
Banerjee, Imon
Baranowski, Zbigniew
Blaszczyk, Marcin
Blomer, Jakob
Chiapolini, Nicola
Chouhan, Pushpinder Kaur
Cowden, Christopher
De Ruschi, Daniele
Di Guida, Salvatore
Dudhat, Rajeshkumar
Fleckner, Johanna
Gallerani, Luigi
Garcia Fernandez, Carlos
Gonalves Pacheco, David
Gonzalez Alvarez, Alvaro
Guerrero, Pablo
Gunther, Line
Hefferman, John
Kelly, John
Khaw, Kim Siang
Lapadatescu, Vlad
Lehtonen, Petri
Longo, Stefano
Loth, Alexander
Luetic, Jelena
Lukas, Wolfgang
Marian, Ludmila
Martinez Pedreira, Pablo
Montiel, Almudena
Nadler, Moritz
Oliveira, Carlos
Paladin, Massimo
Resco Perez, Alberto
Rodrigues Moreira, Belmiro Danniel
Rodriguez Vazquez, Juan Jose
Soomro, Kamran
Ugland, Maren
Volkmer, Frank
Weiler, Henning
Wolak, Tomasz
Zambon, Davide
Zhu, Jianlin
Zimbres Silva, Marcelo

2010 Podium: Pictures and Bio

1st Mark


CERN, Geneva - Switzerland

I work on the CernVM R&D project in PH-SFT. CernVM provides a portable environment for development and execution of LHC experiment analysis software. In particular, I develop the CernVM File System, an HTTP file system that brings software trees on demand onto virtual machines. As part of CernVM, I also deal with various aspects of virtualization, including benchmarks of HEP software in virtualized environments. As part of my thesis, I work on distributed algorithms in order to build a self-organizing network of virtual machines out of a plain cluster installation. Currently I mainly develop system software on Linux using C/C++ and a couple of scripting languages. I have working knowledge of LateX and Gnuplot.


2nd Mark


Universität Zürich - Switzerland

I have been working for the TT sub-detector of LHCb during both my Bachelor and my Master thesis. Since January I am back with my previous group as a PhD student. At the time of this writing my work concentrates mostly on the detector alignment.


3rd Mark

Christopher COWDEN

University of Cambridge – U.K.

CI am currently working on physics analysis in the Atlas experimental collaboration. My studies include data driven background estimation techniques for use in searches for new physics such as supersymmetry, and separately a measurement of the top quark mass in the dileptonic decay channel of top pair events. I am familiar with working in the Linux environment both the Scientific Linux CERN distributions as well as Redhat Fedora distributions. I am comfortably familiar with the C++ programming language, and I am also quite familiar with the python scripting language. I use the bash shell environment for scripting as well.



Salvatore DI GUIDA

CERN, Geneva - Switzerland

I am currently working on the development and the deployment of the core software for the population of DB accounts in different RDBMS technologies with condition data coming from the CMS detector, using Object Relational Access. I am also developing tools, which, using the dropbox technology, allow the automatic population of the Condition Database. All the logs of the transactions are persistently stored, and monitored by applications that have a web GUI, thus allowing for real time monitoring, and fast detection of errors.



CERN, Geneva - Switzerland

I am currently working on the commissioning of the ATLAS software for the reconstruction of particle tracks and the identification of b-quarks in particle jets (b-tagging). As part of this work I am studying the resolution of the track impact parameter in transverse direction, which is one of the most important inputs for b-tagging. I am developer of several C++ reconstruction algorithms and tools, and the main responsible for the production of the b-tagging performance analysis data format (a ROOT ntuple). I am familiar with Linux, Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. The largest part of my work concerns programming in C++, but I also have good knowledge of Python, Delphi, SQL and HTML.



CERN, Geneva - Switzerland

Last year I finished my Master's Thesis on Computer Science at the Zaragoza University (Spain) doing an internship as Technical Student at CERN. I worked developing an automatic solution for the RPM generation process for different Oracle products, written in object oriented Perl.  After that, I worked for 3 months for Warp, a consulting company working with Open Source platforms, implementing new features for web applications written in Python and Ruby. In August 2009, I came back to work at CERN as Fellow in IT-GT, working for gLite, a Grid middleware used for the LHC Computing Grid.  I am a member of the gLite integration team, performing the tasks needed to release new versions of the middleware. I also have to participate in the modification of the integration process and implement the changes in the software used in the process.