Yasar Onel received his Ph.D. from London University in 1975 followed by a postdoc at Queen Mary University-London and work at the Universities of Neuchatel and Geneva. Professor Onel then moved to the University of Texas Austin in 1986 where he was part of the Fermilab E683 experiment. He joined the University of Iowa in 1988, working on the E704/E781 experiments before joining the CMS Collaboration in 1993 where he has led UIowa's HEP group since.
Jane Nachtman received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997 followed by a postdoc at UCLA under Professor David Saltzberg. In 2002 she joined Fermilab as an associate scientist, ultimately becoming a Scientist I before joining the University of Iowa in 2007. Professor Nachtman's research involves CMS and DUNE R&D and commissioning, as well as CMS data analysis.
Ugur Akgun is an associate professor at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he specializes in advanced glasses for high energy physics detectors, as well as computational biophysics and detector simulations for the medical field. He develops radiation resistant glasses which the Iowa HEP group tests and characterizes in test-beam experiments.
Erhan Gülmez earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1986 and has collaborated with Professor Yasar since the SELEX experiment at Fermilab, continuing onto the CMS Experiment at CERN. Erhan and his students help the Iowa team with their HF Commissioning work on the CMS experiment at CERN.
Istanbul Technical University
Istanbul Technical University
Kerem Cankoçak received his Ph.D. at Stockholm University in 1998 working on the DELPHI experiment at CERN during the LEP era. In 2007 he became a research associate with the University of Iowa before joining Istanbul Technical University in 2009, where he collaborates with Professor Onel's research group.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Burak Bilki received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Iowa before becoming spokesperson for the T-1041 CMS upgrade program at Fermilab. He is a member of the CALICE collaboration and has contributed significant effort to that program. He also currently holds a position with Beykent University in Istanbul, Turkey. His current work involves the protoDUNE at CERN as well as CMS detector upgrade R&D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
James Wetzel received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2014, where he continues to develop R&D programs for Professor Onel. He is a visiting assistant professor of physics at Augustana College and an adjunct assistant professor of physics at Coe College where he teaches its only Astronomy course and lab. His research interests include next generation radiation tolerant calorimetry.
Emrah Tiras received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in December, 2016. Since then, he has been working on the ANNIE and NOvA experiments at Fermilab as a postdoctoral associate for Iowa State University (ISU). He has been working as a Run Coordinator and Phase II Upgrade Manager for ANNIE and doing neutron simulation studies and physics analysis for NOvA. He is collaborating with the UI group on the detector R&D projects and future neutrino experiments.
Current Graduate Students
Mohammad is a graduate student who is currently teaching labs and working on his thesis.
Gürkan joined the Iowa Group in 2018. He is originally from Turkey where he studied physics at Boğaziçi University. His interests include studying history and psychology. He is working on accelerator physics and CMS analysis for Professor Onel.
Ohannes received his Masters from Boğaziçi University in 2016 before joining the University of Iowa to pursue his Ph.D. studies. He has worked on the CMS experiment since 2015, mainly on HF Phase I Upgrade tasks. His advisor is Professor Onel.
Christina attended Western Washington University from 2007-2012 before joining the University of Iowa physics department in 2012 as a graduate student under the guidance of Professor Nachtman.
Current Undergraduate Research Scholars
Rich DeFano is an Electrical and Computer Engineer student at the University of Iowa from Cary, Illinois. His interests include game design and VR development, and he is a self proclaimed cook that specializes in homemade pasta. Rich is currently helping Dr. Wetzel with a simulation of a next-generation tracking calorimeter.
Tom is a local native from Iowa City. He's a Junior majoring in physics. He's working with Professor Nachtman and Cory Rude on an analysis of "glue balls", which involves analyzing LHC Run 1 data from 2015 taken by the CMS experiment. He enjoys skateboarding, and graduated from City High in 2016.
Orgho is a senior at Cornell College where he is majoring in Physics and Computer Science. He's originally from Dhaka Bangladesh, and is an avid practicer of yoyo. He currently works for Professor Nachtman on a wire cell detector, as well as helping Christina Snyder on an analysis for Dark Matter at CMS.
Cory Jay Rude is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended Thomas Jefferson Senior High School and is proud to be a Jefferson J-Hawk, Kirkwood Eagle, and Iowa Hawkeye. In addition to physics and astronomy one of his greatest passions is music. At the lab he assists Engineer Paul Debbins with hardware projects. Recently that has included R&D related to Scintillator X, and machining parts for the most recent upgrade to the CMS detector.
Ted is a senior electrical engineering student at the University of Iowa from Des Moines, Iowa. His passions include playing guitar and slaying opponents at online blitz chess. He currently works with Dr. Wetzel and the CMS/next-gen-detector group in developing detector simulations using GEANT4.
Jeffrey is a senior computer engineering major at the University of Iowa. He enjoys his regular role as dungeons master with his friends. He currently works for Professor Onel and Dr. Wetzel on circuits for powering and reading out Photomultiplier tubes, research into radiation damage and recovery, and designing 3D printed apparatuses for lab projects.
CERN-based and Iowa-based Engineers