Brian D'Aurelio is the Vice President of Promotions & Event Marketing at SiriusXM + Pandora in North America. He is an entrepreneurial executive with over 25 years of media marketing, events & operational experience using an inclusive motivational leadership style to guide highly productive teams toward innovation. Brian is often referred to as "air traffic control" for his leadership ability to triangulate goal setting, ideation & logistical planning to ensure a clear path forward that benefits both the end result and team morale during the journey. His personal journey has included Chicago, New York City and now Nashville where he resides with his family.
Max is a fellow at the EP-ESE department at CERN. He is working on developing the FPGA system testing for the next generation of high-speed, radiation-hard data transmission between the detector and the outside world for the future high energy physics experiment. Born in Thailand, graduated from the US, and was a fellow in the ATLAS group at DESY Hamburg, Germany, Max hopes to bring his background in both physics and electronics as well as experience with living in many parts of the world to help his team bring the project to life.
Christoph is a product manager for a German machine manufacturing company. After studying electrical engineering with focus on material science for organic electronics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, he has become an expert for the packaging industry for food and beverages. Having lived in different countries and cultures and worked with persons of different professional backgrounds he believes in the power of multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams to solve problems. Think global, act local is important to Christoph, therefore he tries to live in a sustainable and environmentally responsible way, cooks occasionally for homeless people and demonstrates for less cars in the cities. In his free time you find him hiking, bouldering or doing other sports or in his vegetable garden.
Hans is a Science and Technology Studies (STS) master's student at Maastricht University. During his bachelor's degree in Science-Media-Communication at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, he spent 14 months at CERN as a junior communications officer. Hans helped to organise various hackathons of different formats and wrote his bachelor's thesis about online hackathons. He is interested in meditation, consciousness research, popular science literature, and he loves to explore the world with his camper van.
Ilaria is a Research Associate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (US). She works at CERN as a High Energy Physicist for the ATLAS experiment. In particular, she is involved since many years in searches for the Higgs boson decay into complex states containing fermions. She completed her PhD in High Energy physics in 2019 at Sorbonne Université in Paris, and she spent most of her sabbatic period as volunteer for a NGO in Colombia.
Klara is from the Czech Republic and currently resides in Chicago, USA. Upon completion of MS in Business IT and Human-Computer Interaction, she found her calling when she started applying her UX expertise in the humanitarian sector and started exploring the role of HCI in combatting human trafficking. Eventually, she would like to expand on this topic as a focus for a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction. She enjoys sports, photography, travel, guitar/piano/djembe jamming, dancing, and sailing.
Saco is both a thinker and a tinkerer. Designing and making things in which functionality and form come together and complete the whole is his goal. Product development has been his passion and profession for 30 years; he has led projects for train refurbishment, production machinery and measurement equipment, always searching for new ways to solve design problems. Saco’s education covers civil, mechanical and control engineering, sociology, art, photography and graphic design. And he still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up.
Saugata Chakraborty leads a design team that was at the forefront of gathering patient insights and prototyping a service that catalyzed on-site vaccinations across two meatpacking plants with the largest COVID-19 outbreak in the Calgary zone. He enjoys creative collaborative practices towards building human-centric teams and using data-driven stories to influence system changes. He graduated with a Masters in high-energy physics at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan followed by a 4 year stint as a neuroscientist at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Moving social experiences while interacting with patients during this period led him to pursue an MBA in healthcare design & management at the Schulich School of Business, Toronto. His hope is to continue to find socially impactful projects and work with nimble teams to make a difference. He is a failing guitarist, an aspiring improv artist and always up for a conversation over a steaming cappucino.
Uzziel Perez is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Alabama. They are based at CERN. Their research interests include Standard Model Precision Measurements, Machine Learning for Particle Physics and Searches for Exotic Physics. In lay terms, they are interested in seeing if our current understanding of what makes “us” and the universe up is accurate in their predictions. They use time-tested analysis tools to do research and are exploring new techniques such as using neural networks to infer and gain new insights from the data collected from the CMS detector, one of the general-purpose detectors in the Large Hadron Collider. On their free time, they like to hike mountains, find unexplored paths, read lots of non-fiction books, listen to podcasts and people's life stories, write about science, nature, being human, comedy and everything else that they find interesting. Recently, they've also been interested in neurobiology and how to build a kelp farm in the next five years.