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«ALUMNI BOOK Book edited by Milena Hoekstra Picture on cover page courtesy of Huib Henrichs API Logo courtesy of Christian Thalmann Astronomical ...»

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ASTRONOMICAL INSTITUTE

ANTON PANNEKOEK

1921-2011

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University of Amsterdam

ALUMNI BOOK

Book edited by Milena Hoekstra

Picture on cover page courtesy of Huib Henrichs

API Logo courtesy of Christian Thalmann

Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek

Visitors address: Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam

Postal address: Postbus 94249, 1090 GE Amsterdam Tel. +31 (0) 525-7491 Fax. +31 (0) 525-7484 Email: secr-astro-science@uva.nl Web: www.astro.uva.nl

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CONTENTS

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Preface p. 7 Contributions p. 8 Alexov, Anastasia Altamirano, Diego Anderson, Kenneth Anthonisse, Brechtje Antonopoulou, Danai Armas-Padilla, Montserrat Augusteijn, Thomas Ayal, Jane Baan, Marieke Baehren, Lars Bagnolli, Tullio Beurden, Minou van Bisscheroux, Bart C.

Blondel, Peter Boer, Thomas J.L. de Bovenschen, Hans Breemen, Jolanda M. van Brinksma, Ellen Broersen, Sjors Bult, Peter Buurmeijer, Franka Caballero, Rocardo Cami, Jan L.J.

Carbone, Dario Cavecchi, Yuri Cendes, Yvette Cernohorsky, Jan Chosinho Khouri Silva, Theo Coenen, Thijs Coté, Jacqueline Cox, Nick L.J.

Damen, Eugène M.F.

D’Angelo, Caroline Degenaar, Nathalie Dewi Freitag, Jasinta D.M.

Dibi, Salome Dominik, Carsten Drappeau, Samia Drenkhahn, Georg

-3- Elenbaas, Chris Ellerbroek, Lucas Gallo, Elena Goudfrooij, Paul Graafland, Frits Grange, Yan G.

Groenewegen, Martin Groot, Paul Gualandris, Alessia Gurkan, M. Atakan Habets, Giel M.H.J.

Hardeman, Sjoerd R.

Hartoog, Olga Haskell, Brynmor Heemsker, Martin Hekker, Saskia Hendrix, Pierre Henrichs, Huib Hensberge, Godelieve C.M.J.

Hermsen, Wim Hessels, Jason Heuvel, Ed van den Hiemstra, Beike Hoekstra, Milena Hogeveen, Sake J.

Hollander, Alan G.S.

Hoofd, Fank van der Horn, Leo J. van den Horst, Alexander van der Hovenier, Joop W.

Huppenkothen, Daniela Huthoff, Frederik Iping, Rosina Cornelia Jong, Teije de Jonker, Peter G.

Kalamkar, Maithili Kama, Mihkel Kamble, Atish Kaper, Lex Kapinska, Anna D.

Kaur, Ramanpreet Kemper, Ciska Kerkwijk, Marten H. van Kester, Do Klis, Michiel van der Kok, Peter Kokotanekov, Georgi Koter, Alex de Kouwenhoven, Thijs Krijt, Sebastiaan Kroon, Fieke

-4- Kruip, Chael J.H.

Kuinder, Nicole van de Law, Casey J.

Leeuwen, Jouri van Leventis, Kostadinos Lieshout, Rik van Lommen, Dave J.P.

Loon, Jacco Th. van Lub, Jan Maaskant, Koen Markoff, Sera Meer, Arjen van der Meerburg, Daan Meijer, Joke Meurs, Evert Miller-Jones, James C.A.

Mokiem, Rohied Molster, Frank Mulders, Gijs Nederlof, Reinout P.

Nelemans, Gijs A.

Ng, Yuen Keong Ochsendorf, Bram Oers, Pieter van Oijen, Johan van Olnon, Friso M.

Patruno, Alessandro Pe’er, Asaf Pennix, Wilhelmus H.

Peters, Wilhelmus J.

Plaggenborg, Benjamin Plas, Gerrit van der Plotkin, Richard Polko, Peter Pols, Onno Prins, Saskia Putten, Thijs van Püttmann, Marius Pylyser, Erik H.P.

Ramirez Agudelo, Oscar Ranzijn, Nicole Rol, Evert Rowlinson, Antonia Rubio-Herrera, Eduardo A.

Russel, David Rygl, Kazi L.J.

Sana, Hugues Scheers, Bart Schnerr, Roald S.

Schrijvers, Coen Serylak, Maciej

-5Slager, Reinoud Jan Slijkhuis, Sander Starling, Rhaana L.C.

Stollman, Guillaume M.

Stolte, Lidewijde Swinbank, John Telting, John H.

Thalmann, Christian Tijani, Ammar Hamilcar Tijn A Dije, Herman R.

Uttley, Phil Vader, Patricia Veerman, Henny Velzen, Sjoert van Verhoeff, Arjan Volp, Jim Volten, Hester Vreeling, Jaap Watts, Anna L.

Weller, Tessa M.

Wertwijn, Esther Wesselius, Paul R.

Wiersma, Klaas Wijers, Ralph Wijnands, Rudy Woerd, Hans van der Yang, Yi-Jung Yungelson, Lev

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You are holding the first edition of the API alumni book, which I very much hope you will enjoy. It is part of our effort to reach out more to our alumni, which is something we very much want to do. We hope you will feel the same, and will help us make a pleasant and enduring connection.

We have chosen to define API alumnus very broadly: it includes everyone who graduated in astronomy from the University of Amsterdam as kandidaat, doctorandus, BSc, MSc, or PhD, or who worked at API in any capacity during its now 90-year history. The effort to reconnect with you started when, in 2007, API granted its 100th PhD. We felt this was an occasion for a bigger than usual party, and since the granting of PhD diplomas had started long ago it would be good to have our alumni join us. It was no easy task to find you, since it turns out neither the Institute nor the University kept very good records of who had graduated from API, and where they are now. Nonetheless, we managed to contact about 200 people, and 130 showed up on November 22, 2008, when the party was finally held. We also asked you at the time to update your contact information for us, and to send in a short story of your life and picture for an alumni book. For various reasons we never got to make the book then, but now, thanks to the information you all supplied and heroic efforts of our secretaries, especially Milena, you are holding it now. It is not perfect, of course. We are sure there are still many addresses of alumni whose names we know that are missing or out of date, and even many names of alumni that are not in here at all. Please help us! Look at the names in the missing persons list, and see if you know where they are. And think back to your time at API, and think who was there with you and is not yet listed. Even if you know only their name and the vaguest of information on them, tell us. Once the name gets into the missing persons list, someone else’s memory may be triggered by it.





Our plan is to update the book regularly and send it to everyone in it (more often electronically, and less frequently in hardcopy). We will also keep you updated from time to time on developments at API. We hope you will enjoy this, and that it will help motivate you to keep your information up to date. Many of you have generously agreed to allow us to put your biographies on the API website. We think this will be valuable resource to prospective new students and their parents, and potential employees, when they wonder what studying or working at API may lead to later in life.

Much has happened at API between the first alumnifest in November 2008 and the present one, almost exactly three years later. The number of PhDs has increased to 124 by now, and a number of great crops of MSc’s graduated from API. In April 2009, we moved to our new building at Science Park 904, where the entire Faculty of Science is now housed (across the –renamed- road from our previous location). We are immediately recognisable as one of the inhabitants of this building, by the two prominent domes on its top that house Anton Pannekoek Observatory, the best student observatory in the country.

We hope the Alumnifest 2011 will be an occasion for you to reconnect with API, and enjoy our new surroundings at Science Park, but first and foremost to meet old friends and enjoy their company again!

Ralph Wijers Amsterdam, November 2011

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BA 1994 – Wesleyan University Software developer since 2009 – API a.alexov@uva.nl Anton Pannekoek Institute Science Park 904 1098 XH Amsterdam The Netherlands

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Anastasia obtained her BA in physics and astronomy from Wesleyan University in the state of Connecticut in the US, in 1994. She then went onto work as a software engineer on three of NASA's Great Observatories: The Chandra X-Ray Observatory at Harvard, The Hubble Space Telescope at ESO, and the Spitzer Space Telescope at Caltech.

Anastasia switched wavelengths once more in 2009 and joined the LOFAR software effort at UvA/API and ASTRON, to work in the radio regime on pulsars within the Transients Key ScienceP roject. She is now the leader of the LOFAR Data Formats Group, the co-lead of the LOFAR Beam-Formed Pipeline Group and the software developer for the LOFAR Pulsar Working Group.

(September 2011)

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MSc 2003 – Universidad de la Plata PhD 2008 – API Postdoc since 2008 – API d.altamirano@uva.nl http://staff.science.uva.nl/~diego/ Anton Pannekoek Institute Science Park 904 1098 XH Amsterdam The Netherlands

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Since I was a child I always wanted to understand everything. I was never satisfied with only a "YES" or a "NO". For this reason, I could have studied Astronomy but also physics, chemistry or any other science. The important issue was to be challenged; to be given questions or problems without answers or solutions so I could work on them. I finally decided for astronomy thanks to one of my best friends (Javier), with whom I did my undergraduate studies until October 2003, when I got my degree of "Licenciado en Astronomia".

After my undergraduate studies, things went faster than fast. In November 2003, I started my PhD studies at the University of Amsterdam under the supervision of Michiel van der Klis. In April 2008 I got my PhD degree and a few months later I started my first Postdoc also at the University of Amsterdam. How the story will continue... I do not know. What I do know is that these last five years at the Anton Pannekoek institute have become wonderful memories I will never forget.

I thank all the API people for this...

Diego ICT developer 2009 - 2011 – API anderson.kr@gmail.com CyberSKA The Signals Laboratory, ASC 334A Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences University of British Columbia, Okanagan 3187 University Way Kelowna BC V1V 1V7 Canada

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

The astronomy bug bit early, in high school, and the infection ran deep. After graduation in Astrophysics from the University of Calgary ('84), I spent a marvelous year touring Europe with a bicycle and a tent. Then the bike racing bug bit, and that infection was deep as well. After the year in Europe, and also hoping to study Space Shuttle Technology at Florida Tech in Melbourne, I and all foreign nationals were banished from Cape Canaveral for those classes after the Challenger incident, so my graduate program defaulted back to a more generalized Space Science degree ('87). I also started bicycle racing in earnest at this time, eventually making the Canadian National Team and attending the Olympic Trials for the '88 Seoul Olympics.

That not entirely successful bid led me to find work in Baltimore, MD at the Space Telescope Science Institute, where I worked on HST scheduling and orbital constraints -quite tricky! After some of that, I bopped out to Berkeley and got Piled high and Deep working on heuristic scheduling algorithms for the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE), as we were attempting to engage fast slews to the then newly discovered objects called Gamma Ray Bursters. This had me engaged with some very clever people at NASA Ames. Never worked, however, mostly because demand for TDRSS relays over subscribed the service. Over-subscription details are... classified.

After completion in Berkeley ('96), I was recruited by Kirk Borne at Goddard Space Flight Center, where I developed asynchronous pipeline drivers for the Rossi Xray Timing Explorer (RXTE), until the fall of 2000, when I moved to Johns Hopkins University to build the data processing pipelines for Holland Ford's science team and the about-to-be installed Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).

And then I went to Amsterdam...

(September 2011)

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MSc 2007 – API Brechtje.anthonisse@gmail.com

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

After obtaining her master’s degree in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Amsterdam in 2007, Brechtje started her career at Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services. Her main focus is on Operational Audit, Risk Management and Governance. She performs audits and research for clients in the public sector and also has experience with projects in the financial services industry. In September 2008 Brechtje has started the Executive Master of Internal Auditing at the Amsterdam Business School (UvA).

MSc 2010 – University of Athens PhD started 2010 – API D.Antonopoulou@uva.nl Anton Pannekoek Institute Science Park 904 1098 XH Amsterdam The Netherlands

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

I studied Physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece). In 2010 I obtained a Master degree on Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics from the same University. A few months after my graduation I moved to Amsterdam and started a PhD at the Anton Pannekoek Institute with Dr. Anna Watts. I'm very interested in the physics of Neutron Stars and my research focus on frequency glitches and starquakes in radio pulsars and magnetars.

(September 2011)

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MSc 2006 – Universidad de la Laguna Phd started 2009 – API m.armaspadilla@uva.nl Anton Pannekoek Institute Science Park 904 1098 XH Amsterdam The Netherlands

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

When did I decide to study Astrophysics? I am not sure. But I think I always wanted it. I started to speak very late, when I was four years old. But my mother told me that I was always pointing with my little finger to the sky saying “Luna” (Moon). From this “Luna” until today, it has been a long way.

I was born in La Gomera, one of the smallest islands of the Canary Islands, Spain. There I did my primary and secondary school studies. As everyone from La Gomera who wants to go to the university, I had to leave my beloved island. I moved to Tenerife to study Physics at the Universidad de La Laguna and thank to its strong links with the Instituto Astrofisica de Canarias I had the opportunity to study Astrophysics and do a lot of practices at different telescopes in the observatories of El Teide and El Roque de los Muchachos (La Palma). I also have the opportunity to study one year at La Universidad de Barcelona supported by the SENECA grant program.



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