On her approach to a doctoral diploma at Louisiana Tech University, Zahra Farazpay has taught basic physics to faculty college students, helped information a world masterclass in particle physics for native highschool college students, and researched the sturdy nuclear drive with Dr. Lee Sawyer. This fall Farazpay will start work on the European Council for Nuclear Research’s A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS (CERN ATLAS) Experiment.
Farazpay, who’s pursuing a doctorate in engineering with a focus in physics, joined Louisiana Tech in 2019 to research the sturdy nuclear drive (one in every of the 4 varieties of drive, alongside with gravitation, electromagnetic, and weak drive, that make up the universe) with Sawyer, Director of Chemistry and Physics and Professor of Physics, in addition to to study extra about subatomic particles and the way the universe is constructed.
She says that Louisiana Tech’s connection to the ATLAS Experiment, a particle physics experiment at the world’s strongest particle accelerator the Large Hadron Collider at CERN was the prime purpose she selected to examine at Tech.
“The opportunity to work with Dr. Sawyer and Dr. [Markus] Wobisch (Associate Professor of Physics) was one of the reasons I applied to Louisiana Tech,” she stated. “I have been interested in particle physics since before I decided to pursue graduate studies and was looking to study at a university that collaborates with CERN. When I found out that Dr. Sawyer and Dr. Wobisch were working with the ATLAS project that is part of CERN, I decided to apply to the University.”
“The Engineering Physics PhD allows students to perform research with renowned physics faculty, sometimes on large international projects, and to mentor and teach aspiring young scientists and engineers in their role as teacher assistants,” Dr. Collin Wick, affiliate dean of Graduate Studies for Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science, stated.
Following a number of quarters as a instructing assistant in undergraduate physics lessons, Farazpay obtained an invite to introduce youthful college students to particle physics when Sawyer requested her to assist him ship an International Masterclass in Hands-On Particle Physics utilizing ATLAS Experiment information.
Over the course of the 2020-21 12 months, Farazpay helped Sawyer and West Monroe High School instructor Laura Duke present information to 10 West Monroe High School college students and assist them study to analyze and interpret the information. Farazpay embraced her position with enthusiasm.
“The way the universe works is so exciting, and physics is the key tool to understanding it,” Farazpay stated. “Understanding physics helps us to understand the very fundamentals of our existence. It gives us the blueprints for the advancement of science and technology. I believe we need to persuade the young generation to learn about science. They need some motivation, and these kinds of activities can open their horizon.”
“Zahra is a really smart and skilled young physicist, and it is clear that she will be an excellent researcher,” Sawyer added. “Since it is also important for all scientists to learn how to explain our work to the public, and particularly to the next generation, I welcomed the opportunity to get her involved with the International Particle Physics Masterclass.”
As she delves deeper into her research on the sturdy drive, Farazpay says that she intends to stay concerned in the training of the subsequent technology of physicists.
“I love interacting with students. I’ve really enjoyed working with students in the Physics 262 class. Since most of the students who enroll in that class are not physics majors, I get to introduce them to the beauty of physics and its wondrous ways. Because I love both research and teaching, I want to continue to work in academia after I graduate.”