Texas Tech University



Tielige Mengke


Graduate Student

I'm a graduate student here in the TTU physics department high energy group. My interests include both hardware and data analysis. On the hardware side, I've been working with Dr. Peltola on characterization of silicon sensor detectors for the phase 2 upgrade of CMS. We have built our own experimental setup at the APD-Lab. The experiment includes CV/IV and TCT measurement of radiated silicon sensors using infrared lasers. All measurements can be cooled down to -30 °C. Now I'm also working on the probe card experiment setup for the 8'' sensor. On the data analysis side, I'm currently looking at the possible polarization information of jets. Due to fragmentation/hadronization, the spin information of an original quark might be lost/diluted and not seen from the final-state particles. So by looking at jets from known polarization quarks in SM, it will be interesting to see if there's any sign of possible polarization. 


Samila Muthumuni


Graduate Student

Hello everyone! I was born and raised in Panadura, Sri Lanka. I completed my BS degree at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Physics at Texas Tech University. I joined the high energy research group and started working at both CERN in Switzerland and Fermilab in Chicago. In Fall 2018, I earned a master's degree in physics with a 3.8 GPA and a thesis titled "Methods to Search for New Physics in Proton-Proton Collisions at the CERN Large Hadron Collider." I am now working towards a Ph.D., and I strongly believe that this research will be a turning point in the field of high energy physics research. Apart from my studies, I love to travel, especially having a road trip with my family. Also, I love trying new food, going to the movies, and hanging out with my daughter. I love working with my research group and being a part of the TTU family.


Adil Hussain

Graduate Student

I am currently a graduate student in the physics and astronomy department at Texas Tech University, having earned my MS from Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan. For my MS project, I worked on the study of the matrix element for single top quark produced in association with the Z-boson using MadGraph. The TqZ signal region was considered along with two dominant backgrounds (ttbar and WZ). I am now working on the fiber R&D, which includes the study of radiation-hardness of cerium-doped fused-silica fibers. I love to play cricket as it keeps me fresh and physically fit.


Madison Howard (She/Her)

Madison Howard

Senior, Physics and Mathematics

My name is Madison Howard - a particle detective in the making - from Lubbock, Texas. I am a senior undergraduate majoring in Professional Physics and Mathematics at Texas Tech. At the APD Lab, I have been working on setting up the Weather Station and maintaining the APD website.  In the summer of 2021, I worked on an ATLAS project using Machine Learning to study topological clusters.  When I am not in the lab, the library or at school, I  serve the physics community as the President for Sigma Pi Sigma and Secretary for Women In Physics (WiP). In my free time, I like to go hiking, listen to music, read banned books and daydream about travel.


Cristobal Moreno (He/Him)


Senior, Physics

I am from Roma, Texas and graduated from Roma High School in 2017. I came to Texas Tech University in the Fall of 2017 to acquire a degree in physics and gain research experience. In the Spring of 2018, I joined the High Energy Physics (HEP) at TTU and started working on the Muon Tomography Project under Dr. Kunori and Dr. Akchurin. In my free time I usually do one of the following: play video games, learn about what is going on in the computer hardware space, or learn about the lore of specific videogame/movie franchises. I take part in e-sports and speed running when time permits.


Odin Schneider (He/Him)


Freshman, Physics and Mathematics

I am Odin Schneider, a first year born in Lubbock and majoring in professional physics and mathematics. At the APD lab I work with Monte Carlo simulations and 3D prints, designing hardware for our muon detector. Before coming to Texas Tech I went to high school in Germany, finishing my Abitur and gathering international experience. Here I balance my STEM interests with endeavors in philosophy and ethics. In my free time I stay active physically with Judo and Volleyball. Mentally, I stretch my brain by playing chess from time to time.


Victor Bradley (He/Him)


Senior, Astrophysics and Mathematics

My name is Victor Bradley and I am from Mission, TX. I am a senior undergraduate dual majoring in astrophysics and mathematics with a minor in arabic language. I have always been fascinated with how the universe works at a very fundamental level, and that has driven me to where I am today. I joined the High Energy Physics research group at TTU in Fall of 2019 working on Muon Tomography under Dr. Kunori and Dr. Akchurin doing Monte Carlo simulations, hardware work/prototyping and researching DAQ systems. I also work in Condensed Matter Theory studying 1-D electron systems coupled to light and bosonization with Dr. DeGottardi


Joe Martinez


Sophomore, Computer Science

Hi, my name is Joe Martinez and I'm a Computer Science student at Texas Tech. I've always been fascinated with the way data can be used to understand society and human nature. This has led me down the road of machine learning and data science. The APDL has given me a unique opportunity to combine my hobbies with meaningful work in the field of quality control and computer vision. In my free time I often find myself writing web scraping bots or trying to automate something that really shouldn't be automated.


Clive Binu (He/Him)


Junior, Astrophysics

Hi, I am from Kerala, India. I am a junior undergraduate majoring in astrophysics with a math minor. I have been fascinated by space, the universe, the galaxies, and the science behind these from a young age. I saw Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein as my role models and always wanted to be a scientist. I always loved physics and wanted to try to learn more about it whenever I get a chance to do so. Initially, I was working as a Student Research Assistant at the pulsed power energy lab for about a year and some of my projects were on frequency selective surface [FSS] and high-speed semiconductor switch [HSS]. I shifted to Advanced Particle Detector (APD) Lab, in the summer of 2021 and I am working on the Tomography Project. In my free time, I either play racquetball or soccer, play video games, watch videos on tech/watch tv-series.


Gabriel Chiselenco (He/Him)


Junior, Physics

I joined the TTU HEP group in Spring 2021. Despite my short time here, I am extremely passionate about the work we do here. I have greatly enjoyed my time here at the lab and I have taken a lot from it. As far as work, I mostly worked on Prototype 2B testing during the semester, as well as some code for analysis. At the moment, I'm learning Monte Carlo simulations and hope to return to doing more general programming when I return to campus in the Fall.


Timothy Ramos (He/Him)


Junior, Electrical Engineering

Hi, my name is Tim Ramos! Originally from Lubbock, I am an undergraduate majoring in Electrical Engineering at Texas Tech University and am doing research here at the APD lab under the mentorship of Dr. Whitbeck.  The beginning of my research was about exploring the nature of scintillators by creating simulations and taking light measurements to better understand signal pulses through data analysis. Now, our research focuses on the designing and assembly of the electronics that are used in these scintillation experiments where we implement both UART and I2C to communicate with the electronics. Aside from research, I like to read books, work out, and listen to music.