Prize Recipient

calagaRama Calaga
Brookhaven National Laboratory


"For his dissertation about characterization, and correction of RHICs transverse optics and beam dynamics, and about design of an Ampere class SRF gun and cavity."


Calaga defended his thesis and completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Stony Brook in 2006. His Ph.D. work on "RHIC optics characterization & Ampere class superconducting linacs" was supervised by Drs. Ilan Ben-Zvi and Steve Peggs, who are research staff members at Brookhaven National Lab and Professors of physics at Stony Brook University. His research was awarded the Stony Brook's President's Award to Distinguished Doctoral Students in May 2006. He is currently a TOOHIG fellow under the US-LARP program to aid in commissioning and upgrade studies of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.

He obtained a B.S. in Physics and Minor in Mathematics (2000) from Truman State University. He has authored and co-authored over 20 journal and conference publications. He is the recipient of innumerable honors and awards including (but not limited to), the TOOHIG postdoctoral fellowship (LARP), the NPSS-IEEE Graduate Scholarship Award, Truman State University's New Student Leader Award, President Honorary Scholarship, and International Merit Scholarship. Calaga is also a member of the National Physics Honor Society, which honors outstanding scholarship in physics.

Selection Committee:

G. Hoffstaetter, S. Nagaitsev, G. Shvets, R. Li, W. Leemans