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Claudia-Elisabeth WULZ

Institute for High Energy Physics
Nikolsdorfergasse 18
A-1050 Vienna

Actual address:
CH-1211 Geneva 23
Tel. office: +41 22 767 6592
Tel. GSM: +41 76 487 0919
FAX: +41 22 767 8940

I work for the Institute for High Energy Physics of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, but am based at CERN in Geneva where I am a member of the CMS Collaboration. My career in high energy physics started as a CERN summer student in 1982, at the ISOLDE experiment. In the same year I got the opportunity to work at the UA1 experiment, where the W and Z were discovered in 1983. I obtained a CERN fellowship during the years 1986-1987, during which I worked at UA1 under the leadership of Carlo Rubbia, who had shared the 1984 Nobel Prize for physics with Simon van der Meer. The Erich-Schmid-Prize was awarded to me in 1991 for contributions to experimental high energy physics. After UA1 I participated in the CP-violation experiment NA48. To prepare for physics at the Large Hadron Collider, I joined RD5, a research and development experiment dedicated to muon identification and triggering in a high magnetic field. RD5 served as a prototype for CMS, which is designed to answer fundamental questions in physics. I am one of the CMS founding members. My CMS activities include management, physics analysis, and triggering. For the period 2013-2014 I am Deputy Collaboration Board Chair. Until the end of 2011 I have been deputy Trigger Project Manager for CMS. I represent the Vienna Institute for High Energy Physics in CMS and lead the Austrian CMS-Trigger project group. As project group leader I am a member of the Institute's Executive Board. I chaired the Election Committee for the CMS Spokesperson 2010-2011 and became a member of the CMS Authorship Board. In 2009 was elected Institution Board Chair for Trigger and Data Acquisition. In January 2010 I became FEMtech Expert of the Month, in the framework of an initiative of the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology to promote women in research and technology. In Dec. 2010 I was elected one of the top women 2010 by the Austrian WOMAN magazine, and in Dec. 2011 I was chosen to be one of the leading ladies 2011 by the magazine "Austrian Business Woman".

Among my most important contributions to CMS are the idea for allowing analysis-like trigger algorithms already at the first level, which can be particularly useful for high-rate processes, calibration and testing, the idea for the Trigger Supervisor, which is an on-line software system that sets up, controls and monitors the entire level-1 trigger, and securing the Tier-2 centre in Austria for analyzing ATLAS and CMS data on the GRID. My former student Ildefons Magrans de Abril received a special award for the best CMS technological thesis in 2008 for his implementation of the Trigger Supervisor.

I have served as a referee for the European Commission, Austrian, U.S., European and Asian science funding agencies, universities, the LHC experiments CMS and TOTEM, and scientific journals such as the New Journal of Physics, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, or Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A. Since Nov. 2006 I have been one of the Austrian representatives in Plenary ECFA, the European Committee for Future Accelerators, and since 2012 I am the Austrian representative in Restricted ECFA (RECFA). Recently I was appointed to the High Energy Particle Physics Board of the European Physical Society.

I am an Adjunct Professor at the Vienna University of Technology lecturing on experimental high energy physics. I am also a co-lecturer in a seminar series on particles and interactions, in collaboration with the University of Vienna and the Stefan Meyer Institute. For this seminar I lectured on the Standard Model and on New Physics at the LHC. I am attached to the Atomic Institute of the Austrian Universities.

I have been a member of the Scientific Committee of the conference EUROCON2007 (Computer as a Tool). I was on the Programme Committee for the Physics at LHC Conference, which was held in Cracow in 2006. I was Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee and Programme Committee member of Physics at LHC held in Vienna in 2004.
As a board member of Physique sans frontières I have been co-organzing the Four Seas Conference series, which deals with High Energy Physics, Astrophysics and Medical Physics, and have also co-organized Neutrino 1996 and the 1998 Summer School in Sarajevo.

Outreach activities also take up a fraction of my time. In April 2010 I participated in a TV debate about the Big Bang. On 8 March 2010 I was one of two females guides of the exhibition in Wiener Neustadt, on the occasion of Women's Day. On 23 Feb. 2010 I reported live from the CMS Centre to the Austrian Parliament. On the occasion of the first collisions on 30 March 2010 and the first beams in the LHC on 10 Sep. 2008 I gave a number of press and radio interviews, and I appeared in a feature film on Austrian TV ("Thema"). In June 2007 Austrian colleagues and myself had the opportunity to show CMS to the former Austrian Minister of Research, Dr. Johannes Hahn. I also guided a parlamentarian delegation through CMS in April 2006.
I gave several lectures "From the Smallest Particles to the Cosmos", for example within the Austrian program University Meets Public, and in March 2007 I was invited to give a public lecture "Hunting for Higgs & Co." for the German Society for Aviation and Space Flight.
In November 2005 I participated in setting up an Amateur Radio Contact between the International Space Station (ISS) and CERN on Space Day during the festival Science on Stage. The contact was established in the framework of the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) program, in collaboration with the European Space Agency ESA. College students were able to put questions to the astronaut Bill McArthur KC5ARC. The contact, relayed by telebridge, was made from the Amateur Radio Station NN1SS at the Goddard Space Flight Centre to the Amateur Radio Station NA1SS located on the Zarya module of the Space Station. A direct contact would have in principle been possible from CERN's Amateur Radio Club Station, but the passage of ISS above CERN would not have coincided with the schedule of the Space Day. Further details and an audio recording may be found here.

Current responsibilities linked to the CMS experiment:
Leader of the Austrian CMS-Trigger project group
Member of the CMS Publications Committee (Exotica
Member of the CMS Thesis Awards Committee
Trigger Coordination Editor
Link person to the CMS Funding Agencies for Austria
Representative for Austria in the CMS Finance Board

Representative for Austria in the CERN CMS Resources Review Board
Representative on a case-by-case basis for the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research in the CERN CMS Resources Review Board

Current general responsibilities:
Member of the High Energy and Particle Physics Board of the European Physical Society (EPS-HEPP)
Austrian Representative in RECFA (Restricted ECFA)

Member of Plenary ECFA (European Committee for Future Accelerators)
Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees of Fachhochschule Villach
Board member of Physique sans frontières
Executive Board member of the Vienna Institute for High Energy Physics

Previous responsibilities:
Chair of the CMS Collaboration Board (Jan. 2014 - June 2014)
Deputy Chair of the CMS Collaboration Board (Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2014)
Team Leader of the Vienna CMS group (Nov. 1993 - Dec. 2013)
Representative for Austria in the CMS Collaboration Board (Nov. 1993 - Dec. 2013)
Member of the CMS Authorship Board
Institution Board Chair for Trigger and Data Acquisition (July 2009 - Dec. 2011)
CMS Deputy Trigger Project Manager (2007-2011)
Member of the WLCG (Worldwide LHC Computing Grid) Collaboration Board
Member of the Advisory Board to the CMS Collaboration Board 2009-2010
Member of CMS Trigger and Data Acquisition Editorial Board (Jan. 2003 - Dec. 2009)
Chair of the Election Committee for the Election of the CMS Spokesperson 2010-2011
Member of the Scientific Committee of EUROCON2007 (Jan. 2007 - Oct. 2007)
Member of CMS Publications Committee (Jan. 2005 - Dec. 2006)
Member of the Programme Committee for Physics at LHC 2006
Austrian Project Leader for Austro-Spanish collaboration project Acciones Integradas 21/2004 (Jan. 2004 - Dec. 2005)
Regional Representative for Other CERN Member States in the CMS Management Board (July 2003 - June 2005)
Co-chair of Organizing Committee and Member of Programme Committee for Physics at LHC 2004
Project Leader for project "Erprobung neuer Ideen zum Triggern bei hohen Energien" of the Jubilee Fund of the City of Vienna (Nov. 2002 - June 2003)
Chair of the CMS Committee for the Nomination of Speakers to Conferences (Jan. 1998 – Dec. 2001)
Austrian Project Leader for Austro-Hungarian collaboration project A28/2000 (Jan. 2000 - Dec. 2001)
Resources Manager for the CMS Muon Project  (Sep. 1994 – June 1998)
Team Leader of the Austrian RD5 group (Nov. 1990 - Dec. 1995)

You may find links related to my professional work, as well as some photographs, here:

Privately I am interested in music and amateur radio. I play the piano and the cello. I am a member of the Meyrin Chamber Orchestra Arcus Caeli and participate in the Ensemble Concertino, a small formation of about ten amateur musicians.
I hold amateur radio licences of the highest class in France (F5NYQ), the US (NX1O) and in Switzerland (ex HB9CUY, callsign currently not activated). I especially enjoy contacts in Morse code, but am also active in modern modes of communication. I have participated in many contest activities and expeditions all over the world, for example in Morocco (CQ Worldwide CW Contest CN2WW), Madeira, Jersey, the US (World Radio Sport Championship in Seattle, 1990), Fiji (3D2EW), Western Samoa (5W1YL), Tahiti (FO/HB9CUY/p), South Cook Islands (ZK1XH), Aruba (P40YL), Cocos Keeling Islands (VK9CL), New Zealand (ZL0AAF) and other countries. I am president of CERN's Amateur Radio Club F6KAR. I have also been the Secretary of the International Amateur Radio Club 4U1ITU at the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva for some years.

  Univ.-Doz. Dr. techn. Dipl.-Ing. Claudia-Elisabeth Wulz, HEPHY Vienna and CERN/PH, Aug. 2014              Legal