Fabian Magaña-Sandoval


2012 – 2018     PhD Candidate, Syracuse University, New York

2010 – 2012     B.S. in Physics, California State University, Fullerton

2006 – 2010    A.A. Liberal Arts, Santa Ana Community College

2002 – 2005     Health Academy

Work Experience

2013 – 2018      LIGO Optics Laboratory Research Assistant, Syracuse, NY

2010 – 2013      Imaging Scatterometer Laboratory Research Assistant, Fullerton, CA

2008 – 2010     Earth System Science Laboratory Assistant, University of California, Irvine, CA

2005 – 2008     Corvel Medical Billing, Orange, CA

2008 – 2010      Science tutor, Santa Ana, CA


OS: Linux/Unix, Mac OS, Windows

Typography: LaTeX, Microsoft Office

Programming: Python, C/C++, HTML

Scientific: LabVIEW, MATLAB, Mathematica


Design: Photoshop, Illustrator, Inkscape, Blender

Diagnostic Tools: Oscilloscope, Spectrum Analyzer, Network Analyzer, Programmable Power Supplies, Function Generators, Residual Gas Analyzer, Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer

Other Tools: Glass welding torch, Machining Mill, Vacuum Pumps and Chambers, Drill Press, Common Power Tools, Arc Welder, Oxyacetylene Welder

Languages: English and Spanish


Laser mode converter wavefront sensor telescope

Memberships and Awards

2012                   Wolfram Award

2011 – 2012      Member of Society of Physics Students (SPS)

2011 – 2012      Physics Club at California State University, Fullerton

2011 – 2012      Dan Black Physics-Business Scholarship

2011 – 2012      CSU/EDISON Transfer Scholarship Program

2013 – 2015      STEM Fellowship


Magaña-Sandoval F, Smith J, Harms J, Lee J. “Large-angle scattering measurements for quantum-noise filter-cavity mirrors.” Submitted to Journal of the Optical Society of America A. This paper describes measurements of scattered light from high quality optics, and implications for the performance filter cavities in Advanced LIGO.



March 2012

“Scatter measurements at CSU, Fullerton”

LIGO Scientific Collaboration meeting at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge


October 2011

“Measuring light scatter for future LIGO optics.”

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science meeting. San Jose, California


August 2011

“Measuring light scatter for future LIGO optics.”

California State University, Fullerton.


October 2008

“Stable isotope composition of nitrous oxide in Los Angeles, California.”

Salt Lake City, Utah