CERN School of Computing 2012
13-24 August, Uppsala, Sweden

2012 Special distinctions: Pictures and Bio

In addition to the podium, the jury of the CSC examination is pleased to award  a special distinction to the five students below who obtained a mark of 30 and ranked 4th.

4th Mark
Christian ELSASSER University of Zürich - Switzerland
  I received my master degree in physics in 2011 from the University of Zurich, working in the field of very rare B decays at the LHCb experiment. Before I was setting up a test facility to monitor silicon sensors using IR lasers.  Subsequently to the master degree I started my PhD thesis where I've continued the work on very rare B decays, mainly in the context of particle identification. Further I am also developing a tool to monitor the radiation damage in the silicon trackers of LHCb and have just started to study hadronic tau reconstruction in LHCb which will be used in many Electroweak as well as Flavour Physics analyses.
Sergio FERNANDEZ CASADO CERN, Geneva - Switzerland
    Currently I am working at CERN, in IT-OIS group. I work on the CERN Search Project, an enterprise search solution where I have to support all the operational aspects needed. I’m also doing several developing tasks, like the creation/update of document extraction and processing pipelines of the engine, automation on common tasks, or developing new front-end webpages. Previously, I worked as a PHP web developer, as a teacher, and as a RFID applications developer (including RFID devices integration).  I have experience working with Windows and Linux, and I am comfortable developing in C#, Java (ME and SE), C++, PHP, and nowadays, also with Python.
Wolfgang KIESENHOFER Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna - Austria
  I studied physics at the Vienna University of Technology and did my diploma thesis at the Institute of High Energy Physics were I analyzed test beam data from semiconductor test structures measured at SPS. I am now a PhD student, starting my 3rd year and I'm currently working for the CMS experiment. My primary interest is the search for super symmetry, but I also participated in the muon and the missing energy object groups.  I am currently working on a background estimation technique for SUSY decay channels with a single lepton in the final state. Operating systems I use in my daily work are Linux and OSX, sometimes Windows.  Programming languages I am familiar with are C++, Python and Matlab. I have also extensively used ROOT and RooFit during the last 4 years.
Ramón MEDRANO LLAMAS CERN, Geneva - Switzerland
  I work at the IT-ES group, in which I am the main developer and coordinator of HammerCloud, the functional testing tool for grid sites of ATLAS, CMS and LHCb. This tool submits more than 115,000 grid jobs world-wide daily and has improved the ATLAS analysis reliability by 50%. Also, I'm involved in the HelixNebula project, to develop a cloud computing infrastructure for science. Finally, I'm becoming and ATLAS Computing Manager on Duty.  I finished past year my Research MSc, after obtaining a MSc in Computing in Spain and currently I am also working in my PhD. Before CERN, I have worked at Google. I use, administer and maintain a cluster of 17 machines for HammerCloud, work with shell scripting, Python, SQL, high replication and high performance clusters.
Omar PERA MIRA CERN, Geneva - Switzerland

I am a software engineer working in the Computing Facilities group at CERN. Currently working in the Lemon Team, where we develop and support the monitoring framework for the CERN Computer Center. I am involved also in the new Agile Infrastructure project, focused on the development of new monitoring components that fits into the new infrastructure. Before coming to CERN, I did an internship in the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge and the University of Bremen, with protein visualization and semantic web as domain fields, respectively. In the last 2 years, I've been launching Android applications in my free time. Originally from Spain, looking forward to the CSC!


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