Michael Ross

9568 Olympus Beach  Bainbridge Island, WA  98110

 (707) 362-3824  mross444@gmail.com

Website: www.mpross.net 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/michael-ross-325575124

RESEARCH EXPERTISE  

 Precision mechanical development and construction        

 Interferometric and non-interferometric optics         

Cryogenic engineering

 Software development                                 

 Control systems design and operation

 Ultra high vacuum engineering

 Machine Learning

 Data analysis and signal processing

                 

Computing skills: C#, Java, Python, C++, LabView, PLC programming, Matlab, Mathematica, Linux, SolidWorks, Windows, Machine learning, Supercomputing

EDUCATION        

University of Washington   Seattle, WA

Present        PhD Candidate

2017        M.S. Physics

Humboldt State University   Arcata, CA

2015        B.S. Physics

College of the Redwoods   Eureka, CA

2013        A.A. Science

A.A. Science Exploration

RESEARCH

EXPERIENCE

        

1/2017 – Present        Research Assistant

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

 Developed precision rotation sensors for use in the LIGO seismic isolation systems. One version designed to be deployed on the ground and a compact version to be used in vacuum on the isolation platforms

 Constructed and operated a interferometrically readout torsion balance as a pathfinder experiment into low frequency gravitational wave detector technologies and possible atmospheric Newtonian noise measurements

 Author on LIGO scientific collaboration papers since 2017

 4 short author list papers

2/2018 – 5/2018        LSC Fellow

LIGO Livingston Observatory, Livingston, Louisiana

 Built four precision ground rotation sensors and implemented the sensors in the observatory’s seismic isolation system to correct for the contamination of seismometer signals due to wind-driven tilts

8/2015 – 9/2016        Laboratory Technician

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

 Developed precision rotation sensors for use in the LIGO seismic isolation systems

 Contributed to the development of a cryogenic torsion balance built to circumvent thermal noise which limits many torsion balance experiments

9/2013 – 5/2015        Undergraduate Researcher

Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

 Assisted in the construction of a torsion balance experiment aimed at testing the behavior of gravity at short-ranges

 Developed prototype interferometric readout for torsion balance experiments

 3 published papers

TEACHING        

EXPERIENCE        

        

9/2016 – 12/2016        Teaching Assistance

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

 Taught a algebra-based heat and electromagnetism lab and an introductory level calculus-

based mechanics tutorial

 Assisted in exam grading for the introductory mechanics course

 Tutored in an open lab study center

9/2013 – 5/2015        Instructional Student Assistant

Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

 Graded homework for a non-calculus based electromagnetism and modern physics course

8/2011 – 5/2013        Peer Tutor

College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California

 Tutored students in an open lab that were enrolled in courses ranging from basic arithmetic to

multivariable calculus

NON-ACADEMIC        

EXPERIENCE

12/2016 – Present        Independent Software Developer

 Developed and published an Android app that displays data from from personal weather stations

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.mpross.pwspaid&hl=en_US


SELECTED

PUBLICATIONS        

 Implications of dedicated seismometer measurements on Newtonian-noise cancellation for Advanced LIGO. MW Coughlin, J Harms, J Driggers, DJ McManus, N Mukund, MP Ross, BJJ Slagmolen, K Venkateswara. Physical Review Letters. 2018.

 Low‐Frequency Tilt Seismology with a Precision Ground‐Rotation Sensor. M.P. Ross, K. Venkateswara, C.A. Hagedorn, J.H. Gundlach, J.S. Kissel, J. Warner, H. Radkins, T.J. Shaffer, M.W. Coughlin, P. Bodin. Seismological Research Letters. 2018.

 GW170817: Measurements of neutron star radii and equation of state. B.P. Abbott et. al. Physical Review Letters. 2018.

 Multi-messenger Observations of a Binary Neutron Star Merger. B.P.Abbott et. al. The Astrophysical Journal Letters. 2017.

 A gravitational-wave standard siren measurement of the Hubble constant. LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Virgo Collaboration, 1M2H Collaboration, Dark Energy Camera GW-EM Collaboration, DES Collaboration, DLT40 Collaboration, Las Cumbres Observatory Collaboration, VINROUGE Collaboration, MASTER Collaboration. Nature. 2017.

 GW170104: observation of a 50-solar-mass binary black hole coalescence at redshift 0.2. B.P. Abbott et. al. Physical Review Letters. 2017.

 Experimental Progress Towards Testing the Behavior of Gravity at the 20-micron Distance Scale. M.P. Ross, J.S. Johnson, I.S. Guerrero, H.F. Leopardi, C.D. Hoyle. Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly. 2018.

 Tests of Short-Range Gravity with a Novel Parallel-Plate Torsion Pendulum. M.P. Ross. National Conference on Undergraduate Research Proceedings. 2015.

 Experimental Progress on Tests of Gravity at 20 microns. C. Cardenas, A.C. Harter, M.P. Ross. National Conference on Undergraduate Research Proceedings. 2014.

PRESENTATIONS        

Development and deployment of beam rotation sensors for the LIGO seismic isolation system. M.P. Ross. SeismoLunch Seminar, University of Washington. 2019.

Integration of Beam Rotation Sensors to seismic isolation. A. Pele, M.P. Ross. Low-frequency sensing and control for aLIGO workshop, University of Birmingham. 2018.

Beam Rotation Sensor Update. M.P. Ross. LIGO/Virgo collaboration meeting, Sonoma State University. 2018.

Tests of Short-range Gravity with a Novel Parallel Plate Torsion Pendulum. M.P. Ross. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Eastern Washington University. 2015.

Experimental Progress on Tests of Gravity at 20 microns with a Parallel-Plate Torsion Pendulum. M.P. Ross. 31st Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, University of Oregon. 2015.

Experimental Progress on Tests of Gravity at 20 microns. M.P. Ross and C. Cardenas. APS Far West Section Meeting, University of Nevada-Reno. 2014.

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