I am a graduate student in physics at the University of Rochester, currently working at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics on nuclear scattering cross sections.

thomas.eckert@rochester.edu

 

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D. in Physics (expected 2021)
University of Rochester
Dr. Chad Forrest, Advisor

B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics, May 2016
Thesis: "Efficiency Calibration for Measuring the 12C(n,2n)11C Cross Section"
Houghton College
Dr. Mark Yuly, Advisor

Research Experience

Efficiency Calibration for Measuring the 12C(n,2n)11C Cross Section
2013 - 2016
Measurement of the 12C(n,2n)11C cross section to within 5% by exposing carbon and plastic disks to mono-energetic neutrons between 20 and 27 MeV, then counting positron annihilation gamma rays from the beta-decay of 11C. The coincidence efficiency of the detectors was measured using several beta-decay sources and geometries. The number of 12C that underwent the (n,2n) reaction was calculated using a GEANT code. From this, the cross section was determined.

Awards

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
American Association of Physics Teachers
2017

Exceptional Undergraduate Poster Award for "Efficiency Calibration for Measuring the 12C(n,2n)11C Cross Section"
APS Division of Plasma Physics
November 2015

Employment Experience 

Laboratory Assistant
Houghton College Physics Department, 2015
Prepared materials for labs. Helped General Physics students solve problems and perform experiments by explaining concepts in a comprehendible manner. Supervisor: Dr. Kurt Aikens.

Library Assistant
Houghton College Library, 2013 - 2016
Attended the circulation desk by managing incoming and outgoing media. Used detail-oriented organizational skills to maintain ordered collections of books, films, and newspapers. Supervisor: Sharleen Holmes.

Human Resources and Accounting Assistant
ECS Corporate Services, Chantilly, VA. 2010 - 2013
Data input, termination of old files, and digitization of HR files for more than 2,000 employees. Supervisor: Heather Harrington.