I work as Data Scientist for Intertek, a multinational company with more than 40,000 employees worldwide. Working for Intertek, I have developed a comprehensive energy database and created INGRID a web application with the largest database on power plant operations. I also analyzed large datasets for numerous energy projects including coal, gas and renewable energies and I have developed programs and algorithms to predict the impact of renewable energy on fossil fuel plants.
As Data Scientist, I like the challenges of finding hidden correlations on large datasets. I enjoy exploring nature and its complicated ways expressing itself. I always thought there were simpler equations to explain complicated phenomena. I enjoy traveling, playing guitar, photography, and overall discovering how things work.
This all started when I was 14 after reading "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking. Captivated and enlightened by this book, I started thinking about human beings and how they are able to explain their universe with such a great detail.
Originally from Argentina, I got my PhD in Nuclear Physics in 2010. My PhD thesis was about detectors for the study of nuclear reactions with radioactive beams at relativistic energies.
As a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University and Research Physicist at Berkeley National Laboratory, I developed radiation detectors for national security applications. I have attended more than 20 international conferences and published 40 articles in peer-review journals.
Almost two years ago, I transitioned into Data Science. I believe, my background gives me an advantage on this task and find exciting the benefits that can be extracted from the almost unexplored world of big data.
Intertek, Power Group
Berkeley National Laboratory
PhD Experimental Nuclear Physics
U. Zaragoza, Spain
What was my passion then
My present and past work life
My new life: Data Science Projects
Traveling, Photography, Computers, Guitar, and Billiards.
A few extra things for my resume.
What I left on paper.
My extra curricular activities.
What was written on paper.
Thesis: Prototype of a new calorimeter for the studies of
nuclear reactions with relativistic radioactive beams (awarded summa cum laude)
Thesis: The use of avalanche photodiodes in gamma-calorimetry
Thesis: Gamma spectroscopy using CsI crystals and photomultipliers
This part refers to another professional side of my career I have been exploring for the past years. This section includes web-design and Data Science Project links. I like the challenges of finding hidden correlations on a large set of data. I believe, my background gives me an advantage on this task and find exciting the benefits that can be extracted from the almost unexplored world of big data. I think, we are at the precise moment where the computational power is big enough to deal with the increasingly acquisition of data. I would be a pity, not to be there to find new applications for this power.
As part of my work at Berkeley Lab, I have created a couple of web-pages for a conference and for my group. I also created and maintained two Electronic log servers to keep track of the data and information generated within our group.
Physics of Luminescence Material's web
Courses I have taken in the past
These courses I am currently enrolled
I have many hobbies, among them are traveling, photography, computing, guitar, and billiards. Here, you will see sample of them.
I discovered billards by chance when I was working on my PhD but it quickly grew to be my favorite hobby. My knowledge of classical mechanics was useful in predicting where the ball was going to end up. I started playing regularly and obtained a decent record of achievements.
Local Tournament: 2th Position (out of 6)
Qualified forregional championship
Qualified to Single National Tournament. Benalmadena (Spain)
Local Tournament: 10th Position (out of 20)
Regional Tournament: 14th Position (out of 57)
Local Tournament: 2nd Position (out of 20)
Regional Tournament: 9th Position (out of 65)
Qualified to Nationals. Lugo 2010 (Spain)
8-Ball Team. 1st Place. Fall Session (Mountain View)
8-Ball Team. 2nd Place. Spring Session. (Mountain View)
8-Ball Team. 2nd Place. Summer Session.
8-Ball Regional Singles Qualifiers: 1st Place.
Qualified to play APA 8-ball National Singles Championship in Las Vegas (April 2012)
9-Ball 1st. Place Top Gun Tournament. Fall Session (San Francisco)
8-Ball Team Division Team Champion. Summer Session
8-Ball Team Division Champions. Fall Session
9-Ball Team Division Champion. Fall Session
Qualfied for Fall 2014 9-Ball Tri-Cup
Qualified for Summer 2014 8-Ball Tri-Cup Tournament
Qualified for Spring 2014 8-Ball Tri Cup
8-Ball Team Division Champions. Spring Session
Qualified for 2015 8-Ball City Championship (San Francisco)
Qualified for 2015 9-Ball City Championship
Qualified for Spring 2015 8-Ball Tri Cup (San Francisco)
Qualified for Spring 2015 9-Ball Tri Cup
8-Ball Team. 2nd Place. Summer Session.
Photography is a passion of mine, I like to photograph mostly nature and a little bit of science.
I love traveling. Since I left Argentina more than 20 years ago, I have visited more than 20 countries and have lived in Spain and Germany. For the last five years I have been residing in the United States.
Academic Course 2008-2009
Experimental Advanced Techniques (Nuclear Physics Laboratory).
Academic Course 2007-2008 / 2008-2009
Scientific program for high-schools ‘The Circus of Science’
University Program “Informatic Tools for Professors and Students”
at 4 High Schools: ‘Informatics and basic programming’
at High School level: ‘Tools for computing and basic programming’
Graduate Student award "Science and Society Conference", Berkeley, 2012
Ph.D. Fellowship (FPI) awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Research & Innovation (Spain). 2006-2010
Graduate Fellowship awarded by Spanish Ministry of Education (Spain). 2001-2005.
ESA Education Office sponsored the attendance to the "54th. International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Congress", Bremen (Germany), 2003
In this section you will find my peer-review publications, conferences, a brief description of my PhD thesis, participation in Nuclear Physics experiments and visits to european scientific institutions.
Structure and scintillation of Eu 2+-activated calcium bromide iodide. Journal of Luminescence 159, pp. 274-279
T z=− 1→ 0 β decays of Ni 54, Fe 50, Cr 46, and Ti 42 and comparison with mirror (He 3, t) measurements. Physical Review C 91 (1), 014301
Scintillation properties of CsBa2I5 activated with monovalent ions Tl+, Na+ and In+. Journal of Luminescence 156, 63-68
Luminescence and scintillation properties of Ce 3+-activated Cs2NaGdCl6, Cs3GdCl6, Cs2NaGdBr6 and Cs3GdBr6, Journal of Luminescence 153, 64-72
CALIFA, a Dedicated Calorimeter for the R3B/FAIR. Nuclear Data Sheets 120, 99-101
CALIFA Barrel prototype detector characterisation. Nuclear Instruments and Methods A. Vol. 729, pp. 77-84
Characterization of a CsI (Tl) array coupled to avalanche photodiodes for the Barrel of the CALIFA calorimeter at the NEPTUN tagged gamma beam facility. Journal of Instrumentation 8 (10), P10004
Characterization of light output and scintillation emission in CsI(Tl), NaI(Tl), and LaBr3(Ce) under isostatic pressure. Radiation Measurements 56, 70-75
Nonproportionality and Scintillation Responses of LSO: Ce From 4.3 to 300 K. Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on 60 (2), 993-999
An apparatus for studying scintillator properties at high isostatic pressures. Review of Scientific Instruments 84 (1), 015109
One-neutron knockout from 51–55 Sc. The European Physical Journal A 48 (12), 1-10
Nonproportionality and Scintillation Studies of Eu:SrI2 from 295 to 4.3K, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science 59 (5), 2052-2056
Gamma-ray measurements in the one-neutron knockout of 17C, 19N, 21O and 25F. The European Physical Journal A 48 (7), 1-7
Production of neutron-rich nuclei in fragmentation reactions of projectiles at relativistic energies. Physics Letters B 703 (5), 552-556
Structure of 22N and the N=14 subshell. Physical Review C 83 (6), 064313
Characterization of gamma detectors by means of tagged photons at NEPTUN. Instr. Related to Nucl. Sci. & Tech. (S46) Vol. 43. Is 49. R. 43124705
One-neutron knockout from light neutron-rich nuclei at relativistic energies. Physical Review C 82 (2), 024305
Test of LAAPDs coupled to CsI(Tl) crystals for the CALIFA R3B/FAIR Calorimeter. Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on 57 (3), 1465-1469
One-neutron knockout from 24–28Ne isotopes. Physics Letters B 687 (1), 26-30
Investigating the radial distributions of medium-mass nuclei. Nuclear Physics A 834 (1), 467c-469c
One-neutron knockout of n-rich Ne isotopes at relativistic energies. Nuclear Physics A 834 (1), 485c-487c
Characterization of photon detectors HPGe, LaBr 3, and CsI (Tl) at NEPTUN. Instr. Related to Nucl. Sci. & Tech. (S46) Vol. 41. Is 47. R. 41126705
Progress in the design of the CALIFA/R 3 B detector. GSI Scientific Report 2010. PHN-NUSTAR-NR-23
Energy dependence of 238U fission yields investigated in inverse kinematics. EPJ Web of Conferences 2, 07003
Exploring Nuclear Radii from Total Interaction Cross Sections of Medium Mass Nuclei. AIP Conference Proceedings 1165, 114
Exploring nuclear radii from total interaction cross sections of medium-mass nuclei. Nuclear Structure and Dynamics 2009.
Production of medium-mass neutron-rich nuclei in 238U fission. EURISOL-11-25-2009-0017
Structure of 55Ti from relativistic one-neutron knockout. Physics Letters B 675 (1), 22-27
Overview of the CALIFA CsI (Tl) crystals and LAAPDs characterization. FAIR-EXPERIMENTS-23. GSI SCIENTIFIC REPORT 2009
Design studies and first crystal tests for the R3B calorimeter. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B. Vol 256. Is 19 pp. 4616-4620
One-Neutron-Knockout Reactions on Scandium Isotopes. Nustar-Experiments 14. GSI Scientific Report 2009.
Characterization of large frustum CsI(Tl) crystals for the R3B calorimeter. Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2008. NSS'08. IEEE, 1649-1654
Production of medium-mass neutron rich nuclei from fragmentation of fission residues around Sn. Presented at the Zakopane Conference on Nuclear Physics
Optimization of energy resolution obtained with CsI(Tl) crystals for the R3B Calorimeter. Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on 55 (3), 1259-1262
Probing the single particle structure around 54Ca with one‐neutron knock‐out. Frontiers in Nuclear Structure, Astrophysics and Reactions: Finutar 2, 2012.
R&D on scintillating crystals for the R3B Calorimeter. Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2007. NSS'07. IEEE 3, 2041-2044
CALIF a Calorimeter for in-flight detection of γ-rays and light charged particles for the R3B@ FAIR experiment. STD. Scientific Report 2007
Design and simulation of a calorimeter/spectrometer for the R3B setup: the CALIFA BARREL.
12th International Conference on Inorganic Scintillators and their Applications
Berkeley, CA, USA. June 7-12, 2015
IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conf. (NSS/MIC 2014)
Seattle, Washington, USA. Nov 10-16, 2014
Symposium on Radiation Measurements and Applications (SORMA 14)
Ann Arbor, MI. USA. Jun 9-12, 2014
3rd. Annual Berkeley Lab Computing and Technology Event (LabTech 14)
Berkeley, CA. USA. Sept 10, 2014
2nd. Annual Berkeley Lab Computing and Technology Event (LabTech 13)
Berkeley, CA. USA. Oct 9, 2013
4th International Conference on Science in Society (2012)
Berkeley, CA, USA. Nov 15-17, 2012
8th Intern. Conf. on Lumines. Detectors and Transf. of Ionizing Radiation - LUMDETR12
Halle(Saale), Germany. Sep 10-14, 2012
7th Spanish Meeting on Nuclear Physics (EFN 2012)
La Rabida, Spain. Sept. 14-16, 2012
5th Annual ARI Grantees Conference (ARI 2012)
Leesburg, Virginia, USA. Jul 23-25, 2012
Symposium on Radiation Measurements and Applications (SORMAWest 12)
Oakland, CA. USA. May 14-17, 2012
33th Spanish Meeting of the Royal Physics Society (RSEF 2011)
Santander, Spain. Sept. 19-23, 2011
11th International Conference on Inorganic Scintillators and their Applications
Giessen, Germany. Sept. 12-16, 2011
4th Annual ARI Grantees Conference (ARI 2011)
Alexandria, Virginia, USA. Apr 25-28, 2011
IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conf. (NSS/MIC 2010)
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Oct 30-Nov 6, 2010
5th Spanish Meeting on Nuclear Physics (EFN 2010)
San Lorenzo del Escorial, Spain. Sept. 27-29, 2010
10th International Conference on Inorganic Scintillators and their Applications
Cheju island, South Korea. Jun 08-12, 2009
IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conf. (NSS/MIC 2008)
Dresden, Germany. Oct 19-25, 2008
3rd Spanish Meeting on Nuclear Physics (EFN 2008)
Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Sept. 17-19, 2008
Symposium on Radiation Measurements and Applications (SORMAWest 08)
Berkeley. CA, USA. Jun 02-06, 2008
9th International Conference on Inorganic Scintillators and their Applications
Wistom-Salem. NC, USA. Jun 04-08, 2007
13th Euroschool on Exotic Beams
Trento, Italy. Sept. 11-15, 2006
2th EuroTrans IP Training Course. Nuclear Data for Transmutation
Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Jun 07-10, 2006
54th International Astronautical Federation Congress (IAC 2003)
Bremen, Germany. Sept. 29-Oct 3, 2003
My PhD thesis was centered in the construction of a gamma-ray and light charged particles calorimeter detector for the study of nuclear reactions with radioactive beams at relativistic energies. The thesis involved the simulation, construction and testing of a prototype of 16 CsI(Tl) crystals coupled to avalanche photodiodes under high energy gammas and protons, which were carried out in different accelerator facilites in Sweden, Spain and Germany.
The simulation made in Geant 4 showed the concordance of the obtained data with the experimental results.
The prototype was exposed to protons at 180 MeV at the Svedverg Laboratory in Uppsala (Sweden) (Left). Here, on the right, we are using 6.2 gamma rays from a Tandem accelerator in Madrid (Spain).
In this case, we went up to 10 MeV gammas at the Neptun Facility at the Teschniche Universitat in Darmstad (Germany)
The most interesting result was to discover that a thin layer of wrapping distorted the obtained simulated results with high energy protons for this prototype.
The final reconstruction of thousand of events in our crystals coincided with our estimations obtained in the simulation. The results were used a proof of concept to scale up the prototype into a larger calorimeter.
Asyeos experiment. Equation of State.
S394. 238U at 400MeV/u. GSI - Darmstadt, Germany November 2010
Irradiation of CsI(Tl) R3B/FAIR prototype crystals with gammas up to 10 MeV.
Teschniche Universitat - Darmstadt, Germany June-July-September 2009
Study of a Calorimeter Prototype for R3B/FAIR Experiment under gamma beam conditions.
CMAM - Madrid, Spain March 2009
Irradiation of CsI(Tl) R3B/FAIR prototype crystals with protons at 180 MeV.
TSL Uppsala - Uppsala, Sweden April 2009
Isospin symmetry of transitions probed by weak and strong interactions: the beta decay of 54Ni, 50Fe, 46Cr.
S316. GSI - Darmstadt, Germany July 2007
Fragmentation of very neutron-rich projectiles around 132Sn.
S294. GSI - Darmstadt, Germany November-December 2006
Neutron Knockout Reactions from Proton-rich Carbon Isotopes Studies of bound and unbound nuclei near and at the driplines.
S277/S245. GSI - Darmstadt, Germany March-April 2006
Founding member of the Association for the Social Promotion of the Space Research and Development (APSIDE).
Member of the Student Space Exploration & Technology Initiative (SSeti) (European Space Agency).
Founding member of the University Press ‘The Wall of Science’. 2001.
Educator of the scientific program for high-schools ‘The Circus of Science’. 2001-2004.
Educator of the Universitary Program “Informatic Tools for Professors and Students”. 2001-2003
IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science.
ARGENTINOS ENTRE LAS ESTRELLAS.
Dos argentinos que trascienden: Martín Gascón, reciente doctorado en física nuclear, de Tandil hacia el mundo (pasó por España y va a Stanford) para estudiar las estrellas.
UNA MENTE BRILLANTE
Martín Gascón se doctoró en Física Nuclear hace un mes en España. Y en febrero se desempeñara como investigador en la universidad Norteamericana de Stanford. De paso por Tandil, ,de donde se fue hace 15 años dialogo con la Vidriera sobre su pasión por la fisica, sus estudios en Europa y su futuro. Una mente brillante. De Tandil, por el mundo.
Newspaper: El Eco de Tandil.