At the University of New Mexico (UNM) I worked as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Adam Hecht in the nuclear engineering department. With the help of two undergraduate students, I redesigned an existing ion chamber (IC) in order to optimize the energy measurement resolution and to allow for a secondary measurement to be taken. By redesigning the electrical signal outputs, I was able to pull off two timing signals and measure a time-of-flight (TOF) of alpha particles and fission fragments. Our project was done in collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and this has given me experience working at the LUJAN center with engineers and researchers. This detector project has also allowed me to exercise my skills in Solidworks CAD design and draft drawing in order to design a thin Mylar window frame to hold chamber pressure differentials. I have been able to communicate my various mechanical designs to machinists in another department. My Master’s project has given me further experience with in-lab equipment, design, analysis, testing, technical writing, public speaking, and electronics debugging.


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