I’ve had the opportunity to work with many excellent undergraduate students in Michael Niemack’s lab here at Cornell.

Noah Sailer

Noah has been learning SolidWorks and designing a cryogenic filter wheel system for use with an FTS to measure optical properties of materials and coatings in our lab. He has also been involved with running cooldowns of our cryogenic testbed and calibrating Cernox thermometers.


Cernox thermometers on the 4K plate of our cryostat for calibration by Kaiwen and Noah

Kaiwen Zheng

Kaiwen’s work has included learning SolidWorks and designing parts for our lab, testing and modeling magnetic shields using Maxwell, characterizing our Helmholtz coils, and testing SQUIDs and TESes in our dilution refrigerator. She has worked on running cooldowns and calibrating Cernox thermometers in our cryogenic testbed, which she also helped to construct. She has written python scripts for data acquisition and analysis, including temperature and pressure monitoring and detector readout.


Kaiwen compares the shielding factor of an MBAC cryoperm shield before and after a dremel cut

Tracy Paltoo

Tracy, a physics major at Adelphi University, was a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) summer 2016 REU scholar. She learned SolidWorks and designed two sets of mumetal magnetic shields for our cryostats.


Tracy’s poster from her 2016 summer REU

Kristine Lister

Kristine’s work included using Altium to design a printed circuit board for use in MUX screening. Kristine is now an undergraduate research assistant in Cornell’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.


Kristine’s PCB designed in Altium

Prabudhya Bhattacharyya

Pra’s work included learning SolidWorks and designing and modeling parts and equipment for our lab. He designed and constructed a frame for a cryogenic test bed from Minitec components and custom parts. He also helped design and build a set of Helmholtz coils which are currently being used in our lab for detector magnetic sensitivity testing. Pra is now a physics graduate student at UC Berkeley.

MCE Assembly with frame

Pra designs a frame and support for our cryostat and MCE in SolidWorks