Texas Tech University



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.


Yelbir Kazhykarim


Graduate Student

I'm just a grad student trying to make a small contribution to science. Small for one man, of course. But a great leap for humanity. More seriously, I'm currently involved in testing detectors for HGCAL experiment in LHC and am starting to learn data analysis techniques used in the CMS experiment. Why am I here? First, I love physics. Second, I believe there was nothing more important in human history than the realization that everything in the world obeys precise mathematical rules, also called ‘the laws of physics'. In the past I was an engineer and an artist, painting and making sculptures. These days in my spare time I do BJJ and dabble in philosophy of science and free will.


Aaron Mankel


Graduate Student

I am a graduate student within the TTU Physics department's High energy physics group. My interests currently focus on Data analysis, and I am looking to branch into hardware. For the data analysis, I have done research on why reconstruction of simulated events is not functioning properly. I have also been working with the Jet/Met validation group, which was established to observe changes made to CMSSW releases and when updates and improvements are made. During the next year, we will begin doing validations that result from new data collected by CMS.



Madison Howard (She/Her)


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 the APD Weather Station system, maintaining the APD website, and, more recently, working on the Muon Tomography project.  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 Vice President 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.


Alan Chavez (He/Him)


Senior, Computer Engineering

My name is Alan Chavez. I am a senior majoring in Computer Engineering, and I'm doing working on creating more portable data acquisition systems for muon tomography systems. I'm passionate about embedded systems, low level computing, and writing programs to do my homework! Working at the APD lab under Dr. Kunori and Dr. Akchurin has been very enjoyable, and I look forward to continuing my work as I transition into a graduate student. In my free time I enjoy building computers, keeping up with the latest tech, and playing video games.


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


Katrina Webb (She/They)


Senior, Physics

I am Katrina Webb from Brownsville, Texas. At APD I have been involved with the hardware group, where we design new setups for our muon detector and do data analysis on the results. My other research experience includes being an Observer at CTMO, an REU with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at LANL, creating a tessellation program with Dr. Romano, and currently I am working on a Capstone project in relativistic quantum mechanics with Dr. Peralta. In my free time I like to paint, do anything related to art, read, and play badminton.


Utsav Dhakal (He/Him)


Senior, Physics

I am Utsav Dhakal. I am an international student from Nepal majoring in Chemical Engineering. Currently, I am a senior. Before coming to Tech, I was at a community college in Houston (Lone Star College-Montgomery) and before that, I was at Valparaiso University in Indiana. So, I have moved a lot. I have a keen interest in martial arts and soccer. I started working at the APD lab the Fall of 2021. I work in the Hardware Development department.


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.






    • William Milestone, B.S. (2019), PhD Student at TTU  (Electrical Engineering)
    • Federico De Guio, Postdoctoral Reseach Fellow (2015-2019), Assistant Professor at University of Milan