Meet our Team



S’Cool LAB is run by an international team of physics education researchers and support personnel.

Click on any of our pictures below to find out more about what each of us does!

Alexandra
PhD Student &
Tutor Liaison

Alexandra Feistmantl

PhD Student & Tutor Liaison

Alexandra Feistmantl is a high school teacher for physics and mathematics. She is currently working on her PhD project in physics education research at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland in cooperation with the University of Vienna. She is interested in students’ conceptions and the educational use of new technologies (for example: Pixeldetectors or 3D printers).


Joined S'Cool LAB: July 2015

Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: X-rays Workshop

Favourite particle: Strange quark

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Alex
PhD student &
online learning manager

Alex Brown

PhD student & online learning manager

Alexander Brown has a background in hands-on science communication in Bristol and Bath, UK. He is currently carrying out a PhD at the Institut Universitaire pour la Formation des Enseignants at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. His research looks into the use of online learning tools to prepare high school students for visits to CERN’s S’Cool LAB and teachers’ motivations for field trips.


Joined S'Cool LAB: March 2015

Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: DIY Cloud Chambers

Favourite particle: Up quarks

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Irtaza
Technical Student &
Computer engineer

Irtaza Syed

Technical Student & Computer Engineer

Irtaza has a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and he is currently approaching his master's degree in computer science from the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany. He is presently working on various development projects at CERN, Geneva in cooperation with his university in Karlsruhe. Irtaza is interested in designing and developing interactive systems which is also the field of specialization of his master studies.


Joined S'Cool LAB: October 2017

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Favourite particle: Charm Quark (because it's charming)

Jeff
S'Cool LAB Architect &
Teacher Programme Manager

Jeff Wiener

S'Cool LAB Architect & Teacher Programme Manager

Jeff worked as a high school teacher for physics, philosophy, and psychology in Vienna, Austria. He then joined CERN to pursue his PhD in physics education research in cooperation with the University of Vienna through the Austrian Doctorate Programme. His research goals focused on how to adequately integrate particle physics into modern curricula. During his PhD studies he also served as project manager for S'Cool LAB by designing and developing the lab in its initial phase. Hence, he is also responsible for the fantastic word-play joke which became the name of S'Cool LAB. Nowadays, Jeff is managing CERN's national and international teacher training programmes.


Joined S'Cool LAB: March 2013

Favourite experiments: DIY Cloud Chamber

Favourite particle: Gluons

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Julia
PhD student &
S'Cool LAB Manager

Julia Woithe

PhD student & S'Cool LAB Manager

Julia Woithe is a high school teacher for physics and mathematics. She is currently working on her PhD project in physics education research at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland in cooperation with the University of Kaiserslautern and the University of Geneva. For her PhD project, she is looking into the affective and cognitive outcomes of S'Cool LAB Days. Julia is also interested in students’ conceptions in particle physics and lowcost particle physics experiments.


Joined S'Cool LAB: March 2014

Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: Positron-Emission-Tomography (PET)

Favourite particle: W+ Boson (because it's positive and it loves interactions)

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Kitti
IT Support &
Web developer

Kitti Lai

IT support & Web developer

Kitti has a background in business administration along with a wide background in customer support, sales and marketing in Norway. She went later on to pursue her interests and currently completing a diploma in IT, while working on various research and development(R&D) projects for S’Cool LAB at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland in cooperation with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her interest are developments in cost effective and workflow improving solutions and in Big data acquisitions.


Joined S'Cool LAB: October 2016

Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: Quadrupole Ion Trap

Favourite particle: Top quark (Because it’s an intriguing and energetic particle)

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Oliver
PhD Student &
Applied Physics

Oliver Keller

PhD Student & Applied Physics

Oliver Keller holds a diploma in engineering and worked on embedded systems in the industrial sector before joining CERN in 2013. His M.Sc. thesis in applied physics was carried out in the CERN MediaLab which resulted in a novel tool to visualise radioactivity using CERN's pixel detector technology. He is currently developing further educational tools and experiments for the S'Cool LAB within a PhD project in cooperation with the University of Geneva. Oliver is passionate about making things and an advocate of open standards, data and methods.


Joined S'Cool LAB: January 2016

Favourite experiments: Hunting cosmic particles and natural radioactivity

Favourite particle: Muons

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Sascha
Head of Teacher &
Student Programmes

Sascha Schmeling

Head of Teacher & Student Programmes


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Vincent
Technical Support

Vincent Frederic Darras

Technical support

Vincent is an operation technician who has been working at CERN since 1999, and holds a diploma in process industries from TETRAS Annecy University.
1999-2001: Solid State Detectors Section (aging test)
2001-2009: Building and commissioning electrical systems for gas detectors in CERN's physics department
2009-2014: Control process for cryogenics system in the LHC with LHe at 1.9 Kelvin to cool down 27 kms of superconducting magnets
2014-today: Joined the exhibition team and in 2015, S'Cool LAB at CERN


Joined S'Cool LAB: March 2015

Favourite experiments: DIY Cloud Chamber

Favourite particle: Dark matter


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Former members of the S'Cool LAB Team


2017:

Zuzana Juskova 09/2016-08/2017 (administrative support)

Mihaly Vadai 04/2017-08/2017 (electronic engineering)


2016:

Nikolaos Kokkinis Ntrenis 09/2015 - 09/2016 (Technical support IT)

Eva Tolosa 02/2015 - 09/2016 (Administrative support)

Daniela Pfeiffer 07/2016 (Master student, topic: Positron-Emission-Tomography)

Lukas Mientus 07/2016 (Master student, topic: Plasma-Wakefield-Acceleration)

Tiago Gonçalves 06/2016-08/2016

Christoph Weller 04/2016 (Master student, topic: Superconductivity)

Magnus Reifenrath 04/2016 (Master student, topic: Superconductivity)


2015:

Lea Prüfer 09/2015 (Master student, topic: muon detectors)

Christos Lougiakis 10/2014 - 09/2015 (Technical support IT)

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