Dr Mar de Fez-Laso joined the Arts, Science & Education College of AHLIA University as an Associate Professor in September 2013. As a faculty member, she teaches courses on subjects in mathematics and physics and undertakes other academic activities including preparation and grading of assessments, course coordination, student advising, invigilation and evaluations. She is a member of several university committees (including the International Exchange Committee; the Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee; and the E-learning Committee) and a member of Mathematical Sciences Department Ad-hoc Committees. She also dedicates some of her time to giving workshops for the College.
Prior to joining AHLIA, Dr Mar was an Associate Professor at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in Bahrain for eight academic years. During this time, she taught Foundations of the Scientific Process, Physics, and Mathematics courses. She was an active contributor to the quality teaching and learning framework of her College, and, as Coordinator for the Sciences, she participated in faculty hiring, advising and assessment, development of placement tests, revision of staff/faculty/students handbooks, and coordination of courses.
Between 1997 and 2005 she worked in Investment Banking in the City of London (UK) for BNP Paribas, Dresdner Bank and Banco Santander, covering the areas of quantitative analysis front office, emerging markets risk function, across the board risk control, FX options front office product development, and structuring and marketing for funds of hedge funds. In 2000 her team received a Mention at the Online Euromoney Awards for the development of one of the first prototypes of a foreign exchange web trading system.
Dr Mar’s research interest is in Experimental Particle Physics and she spent over 7 years working on research projects at CERN (DELPHI and CMS). Two of these years were spent as a Research Fellow at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (UK). She was educated at Valencia University (Spain), gaining an undergraduate degree with Honours (Fundamental Physics major) in 1989, and a PhD in Nuclear and Particle Physics in 1994.
During her academic career she has been sole or key author of eleven internationally recognised papers as well as a joint author of a further eighty-five. She has received fifteen grants from both National and International Institutions. She is also recipient of the Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado Award (1995), and the Scientific Ambassador for Spain – European Commission Award (1996).
Particular achievements include leading and implementing the project of establishing the General Physics Laboratories for NYIT Bahrain campus, and facilitating the acceptance of the first NYIT student to take part in the summer internship programme of CERN – the first time a Bahraini student had joined the programme.
Her most recent CERN project was the selection of candidates from Bahraini high schools to attend the SESAME workshop that took place in September 2015. In this event 18 teachers and 18 students from 9 Middle Eastern countries met and learnt about physics and the fabulous working environment that CERN provides to scientists from all over the world. The twin aims of the workshop were to educate participants and help create relationships that shall last for a lifetime and to develop scientific collaboration between citizens of the countries involved.
Dr Mar is looking forward to her third academic year at AHLIA University. She will continue to work with fellow teachers, staff and students to contribute to the achieving of AHLIA’s vision of being one of the top 500 universities of the world.
I am naturally linked to the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN, Switzerland) and the world of Experimental Particle Physics due to my years of research in the field (1989 to 1997) and previous permanent base at the laboratory. Since 2008 I have been the spokesperson of CERN for the Kingdom of Bahrain.
One facet of the spokesperson is to share the latest discoveries in the field with fellow colleagues and also to a wider audience spanning from other universities to high schools and societies. I have given talks in AHLIA University and also in several occasions at the University of Bahrain, United Arab Emirates University and NYIT-NUPT (Nanjing, China). I keep in close contact with scientists of the Arab countries too.
Another aspect of the role is the promotion of CERN’s outreach programme. I look for suitable students across majors with the goal of their participation in CERN student programmes, and I provide coaching for them. In 2011 I facilitated the acceptance of the first ever Bahraini student, Hamad Mohammed, to participate in the Summer Student Programme of the laboratory. After two years coaching by me, Hamad was ready to work for two months in the Optical Links Calibration of the Tracker of the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment (CMS), which is part of the Large Hadron Collider project. Hamad excelled in his project.
In early 2014 I organised the visit of Professor Albert de Roeck, senior scientist at CERN and convenor of the CMS Higgs team, to visit AHLIA University and the Bahrain Engineering Society. Professor De Roeck took us first hand through the journey to the discovery of the Higgs Boson and its impact on our understanding of reality. This guest lecture was well attended by students and the community.
Later that year I connected local scientists with antimatter CERN experts to discuss certain developments in the field, which resulted in published research.
In 2015 I devoted myself to the successful organisation of an exercise to select local high school teachers and students to take part in the SESAME workshop at CERN. SESAME, the upcoming synchrotron light source under construction in Jordan, will be the Middle East’s first major international research center. CERN’s workshop was organised to bring together teachers and students from the countries in this region so that they would acquire a different vision of the region in which they live. With this experience, they will help build scientific and cultural bridges between their diverse societies, and contribute to a culture of peace through international cooperation in science.
I hope to continue selecting the best students to take advantage of opportunities such as the Fulbright Program in the USA, CERN non-member states programmes, and other agreements that may arise.
I have now taught for two academic years at AHLIA University. I taught previously for eight years at the New York Institute of Technology campus in Bahrain, and for one year at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London (UK).
Throughout my teaching career I have covered courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels. I have taught both theory and laboratory sessions. Subjects belong to a wide range of the mathematics curriculum, plus several courses in general physics, and some specialised courses in astronomy, chemistry, and the foundations of the scientific process.
The courses I concentrate on while at AHLIA are PHYS101 (Classical Mechanics), PHYS121 (Electricity and Magnetism), MATH103 (Finite Mathematics for the Business and Social Sciences), and MATH104 (Fundamentals of Calculus for the Business and Social Sciences).
I believe in a student centred approach, moving away from “teaching” to the concept of knowledge transfer. I feel very fortunate that I can play a role, whether big or small, in the development of each and every student. I imagine all my students being successful in their chosen careers, and hope that in the future they will also be able to transfer knowledge to those they will encounter. I like to say that by the time a student ends a semester attending one of my classes, they have more options than when they started it.
While in class, I use examples to relate the subject to real life; whenever possible I show animations and video clips. After every set of theory explained, I give students an example to try themselves. This is a hands-on approach by which a greater retention of knowledge and deeper understanding is achieved, at the time that it allows me to monitor their progress on a one to one basis. I like to get students involved through presentations and field activities and I give daily incentives to improve classroom attendance, punctuality, focus, and participation. Each person deserves attention and consideration but also each of them has a role to play and all of them are a motor to the success of the course. I run quizzes on a weekly basis so that students can assess where they stand at almost every point of the course. My scoring system is clear and transparent. I believe that every second in every class is an opportunity to learn independently and from one another. This opportunity will never be repeated, hence it is precious. To achieve the quality I aim to deliver it is of the utmost importance that I am punctual, well prepared for the particular class, know my subject, and available during and even outside office hours. I encourage students to visit my office, and I am open to listening to any matter they may want to share with me, if by doing so they believe their learning will be more effective. Students say that I am strict yet fair.
I supervised PhD students while I was working as a European Union Visiting Research Fellow, at the Physics Department of the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (UK). I have also trained and managed analysts during my banking career.
Eur.Phys.J. C20 (2001) 617-637
“A Measurement of the tau topological branching ratios”
- Abreu et al. (April 2001).
“Status report on the Front End Driver for the CMS tracker”.
MDM de Fez Laso et al. (26th October 1996)
Nucl. Phys. A 382 (1996) 533-544
“Beam test performance of the APV5 chip”.
MDM de Fez Laso et al. (31st May 1996)
IC/HEP/ 95/ 5 (1995)
“Design and evaluation of devices from the second processing run at AEA Harwell”.
MDM de Fez Laso et al. (June 1995).
PhD Thesis (1994)
“Medida de las probabilidades de desintegración del leptón tau a la energía del Z0”.
MDM de Fez Laso (16 December 1994).
DELPHI 94-140 PHYS 449
“A measurement of the topological branching ratios of the particle at the Z0 peak”.
MDM de Fez Laso and J.J. Gómez Cadenas (21 September 1994).
DELPHI 93-138 PHYS 346
“A study of the Delphi microvertex detector using the DST 92C data”.
MDM de Fez Laso (1 December 1993).
DELPHI 92-152 PROG 191
“Detector Description Database for the Delphi Time of Flight counter”.
MDM de Fez Laso et al. (2 November 1992).
Zeit. Phys. C 55 (1992) 555
“A Study of the Decays of Tau Leptons Produced on the Z Resonance at LEP”.
- Abreu, …, MDM de Fez Laso et al.(15 April 1992).
Nucl. Phys. B367 (1991) 511
“Determination of Z0 resonance parameters and couplings from its hadronic and leptonic decays”.
- Abreu, …, MDM de Fez Laso et al (17 June 1991).
Tesis de Licenciatura (1990)
“Calibración del detector de Tiempo de Vuelo (ToF) de Delphi”.
MDM de Fez Laso (October 1990).
Journal of Modern Physics, 6, 201-213
“Gravitational Signature of Matter-Antimatter Interaction”
Al Dallal, S., Azzam, W.J. and de Fez, M. (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/jmp.2015.63026
Zeit. Phys. C66 (1995) 323
“Measurement of b/had using Impact Parameter Measurements and Lepton Identification”
- Abreu, …, MDM de Fez Laso et al. (17 January 1995)
Phys. Lett. B347 (1995) 447
“Production of Charged Particles, K, K±, p and in Z —> bEvents and in the Decay of b Hadrons”
- Abreu, …, MDM de Fez Laso et al. (5 January 1995)
Zeit. Phys. C67 (1995) 1
“First Measurement of the Strange Quark Asymmetry at the Z0 Peak”
- Abreu, …, MDM de Fez Laso et al. (20 December 1994)
Zeit. Phys. C67 (1995) 69
“Search for heavy neutral Higgs bosons in two-doublet models”
- Abreu, …, MDM de Fez Laso et al. (19 December 1994)
Phys. Lett. B345 (1995) 598
“Observation of Orbitally Excited B Mesons”
- Abreu, …, MDM de Fez Laso et al. (19 December 1994)
Zeit. Phys. C66 (1995) 341
“Measurement of the Forward-Backward Asymmetry of charm and bottom Quarks at the Z Pole using D*± Mesons”
- Abreu, …, MDM de Fez Laso et al. (29 November 1994)
Phys. Lett. B342 (1995) 402
“First evidence of hard scattering processes in single tagged collisions”
- Abreu, …, MDM de Fez Laso et al. (17 October 1994)
Zeit. Phys. C65 (1995) 569
“Measurement of the Forward-Backward Asymmetry of e+e_ —> Z —> busing prompt leptons and a lifetime tag”
- Abreu, …, MDM de Fez Laso et al. (22 September 1994)