Mounia Laassiri


became a physicist scientist. She started her PhD in Physics and Nuclear Instrumentation at Mohammed V University in Morocco in 2014, it also felt like a dream that came true. Since she was a high school student she had been fascinated by physics and more particularly by the idea that physics would lead her to a fundamental understanding of "nature".

April 1, 2019, she received her PhD degree. She did her research with Science Team of Matter and Radiation (ESMaR) in Rabat in collaboration with National Center of Nuclear Energy, Sciences and Techniques (CNESTEN) in Ma‚moura. There, her PhD ís thesis focused on the application of Nonnegative Tensor Factorization algorithms to extract independent components from signals recorded at the fission chamber preamplifierís output in order to achieve a software neutron-gamma discrimination.

After her PhD, Mouniaís was offered an internship at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), she was doing a Monte Carlo (MC) modelling of a nuclear reactor core using the Geant4 framework and she was also dedicated to project related to construct a dedicated system to calibrate the field response functions for the wire-readout-based single-phase Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LArTPC). She received a bachelorís degree in Fundamental Studies ó Science of the Physical Matter and a Masterís degree in Security of Computer Networks and Embedded Systems (Sťcu.RISE), her Bachelorís thesis focused on ionizing Radiation and Radioprotection and her Masterís thesis focused on developing of Wavelet Based Tools for processing and characterizing the gamma-ray Spectrometry, both degrees obtained from Mohammed V University in Morocco.

She is currently working as a full time lecturer and researcher at the University for a New Africa in Casablanca, Morocco. In addition, She is working alongside nuclear reactor senior scientists from University of Johannesburg, South Africa for the Ubuntu reactors ó Modelling Nuclear Reactors with Geant4 Collaboration. She had the opportunity to participate in the African School of Physics, which was held in Kigali, Rwanda in 2016 (ASP2016), when she was in her 2nd year PhD. She saw how it brought deeper knowledge and inspired future physicists. She thinks, the Young Physicists Forum (YPF) does exactly this and that's the reason why she is part of it. She is excited to help develop the potential of young African physicists. She also look forward to organizing and participating in the YPF forums, which celebrate the numerous fascinating sides of physics.

Mouniaís future plan is to combine her love of computer science with her passion for nuclear physics.

-- KeteviAssamagan - 2021-04-07

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