Two 2016 Illinois Tech physics Ph.D. graduates, Mattia Checchin and Martina Martinello, won prestigious Peoples Fellowships at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) this summer. As Illinois Tech doctoral students working at Fermilab, they contributed to breakthrough technology for particle accelerators using superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) cavities.
"Mattia and Martina certainly are among the leading young scientists in the SRF field on the international scene, and I’m sure they will progress quickly with their career as scientists and, in the future, also as managers," said Anna Grassellino, technical division deputy director head at Fermilab.
Max McGraw Endowed Chair Professor of Energy and Power Engineering and Management at Armour College of Engineering Qing-Chang Zhong delivered a semi-plenary talk at the 20th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control this summer in France. His vision for future power systems—"Synchronized and Democratized Smart Grids"—the title of his talk, looks to operate power electronic converters as virtual synchronous machines.
Christian Jones, a fourth-year student in Illinois Tech's co-terminal molecular biochemistry and biophysics program, was selected as one of eight recipients of the College of Science Undergraduate Summer Research Stipend, which allowed her to earn $5,000 for 10 weeks of research with Oscar Juárez, assistant professor of biology. Their project looked at developing a new generation of drugs against pathogenic bacteria, targeting unique and essential metabolic pathways.
Illinois Tech’s Bryce Littlejohn, assistant professor of physics; Pavel Snopok, associate professor of physics; and David Martinez, researcher, are part of a major new experiment to understand neutrinos. When complete, the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility/Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will be the largest experiment ever built in the United States to study the properties of neutrinos. Unlocking the mysteries of these particles could help explain more about how the universe works and why matter exists at all.
The research groups of Oscar Juarez, assistant professor of biology, and David Minh, assistant professor of chemistry, have discovered a new structural motif in an essential protein for cell proliferation and pathogenicity of infectious bacterial species such as Vibrio cholerae, Chlamydia trachomatis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and many others.