AURORA, IL, September 01, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Cary Y. Yoshikawa, PhD, PMP, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Yoshikawa celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for significant and outstanding contributions across multiple disciplines spanning High Energy Physics (Particle Physics), Telecommunications, Accelerator Physics, and Project Management. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. Yoshikawa received a BS in EE, and a MS and PhD in Physics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. As a PhD candidate, he invented the Grid Search that provided an unbiased optimization to enable the DZero collaboration to co-discover the top quark with CDF (Collider Detector at Fermilab) at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in 1995. He also extracted a top quark mass value by using a technique that resolved a fundamental shortcoming plaguing the conventional methods, resulting in the world's best systematic error at time of his PhD completion.
Upon graduation in 1996, Dr. Yoshikawa pursued the then booming telecom industry that was fueled by the Internet explosion. The highlight of his 10½ year career in telecom at Lucent Technologies was a series of innovations for Homeland Security of which he was the sole inventor. These patents (1 international and 2 US-only) resolved a potentially catastrophic flaw in wireless systems that could fail under extremely overloaded conditions (Sep. 11 attack), which created a decisive advantage over competitors also proposing to use a commercial network to afford prioritized access to 80,000 federal agents in a $10B RFP for Homeland Security. The patent concepts comprised one of three commercials that explained the $10B proposal, representing a team of multi-billion dollar companies led by Lockheed Martin (LM). As the patents were new and his personal simulations (written from scratch and cross-checked against theory) allowed an understanding of its intricacies, Dr. Yoshikawa was also entrusted to write the commercial.
Dr. Yoshikawa left telecom in December 2006 and returned to physics (this iteration in Accelerator Physics, not Particle Physics) by joining Muons, Inc. in January 2007. He shortly went on assignment to Fermilab as a Guest Scientist in April 2007 to support a phase II STTR (Small business Technology Transfer Research) grant that furthered R&D in the front end of a Neutrino Factory (NF) and Muon Collider (MC). In January 2009, Dr. Yoshikawa returned from assignment to Muons, Inc. and worked on a variety of projects that included upgrades to muon beamlines (including a Mu2e upgrade via copious forward production of pions/muons using the Dipole/Wedge scheme) in the then anticipated Project X era; a portable tunable gamma ray source to scan cargo for Homeland Security; the Quasi-Isochronous Helical Cooling Channel that manipulates the slip factor to enhance capture of muons for NF, MC, and Intensity Frontier experiments; the Helical Bunch Coalescer that merges particle bunches over a shorter distance than that possible over a straight channel; the Charge Separator in the front end of a MC just upstream of the major cooling channels that are charge sign specific; and pi/mu production for the renewed muon g-2 experiment at Fermilab where he invented an optimization technique that took into account the depth of focus of a Li lens and asymmetric particle production. His results for g-2 corroborated with another study to justify the move of the g-2 ring from BNL (Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, NY) to Fermilab (Batavia, IL). Dr. Yoshikawa's overarching effort during his time at Muons, Inc. was on various aspects of the muon collider front end and downstream Helical Cooling Channel (HCC), which provided him the background to be awarded phase I ($150k) and phase II ($1M) STTR grants to design and simulate a cooling channel for a muon collider applicable to a Higgs Factory with an evolution to an Energy Frontier machine.
Unfortunately in 2014, at the recommendation of the P5 (Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel), the DOE (Department of Energy) put the Muon Collider effort on ice, not the kind of muon cooling Dr. Yoshikawa and his colleagues had in mind. Dr. Yoshikawa was unexpectedly offered a job as the Project Controls Lead for the build of the muon g-2 experiment at Fermilab. He never heard of such a position before, but it was a crossover into working on funded projects as opposed to working on projects prior to achieving CD-0 (Critical Decision 0; Mission Need Approved) that struggle with funding. Dr. Yoshikawa took advantage of the generous offer to learn a totally different skillset. The g-2 project also sponsored his PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, where while studying for the credential, he discovered an error with a PMBOK (Project Management Book Of Knowledge) formula used for over a decade and volunteered to rewrite that portion of the standard before taking the exam. He was also a scientific collaborator on the g-2 experiment, but that status expired as Dr. Yoshikawa was unable to commit time on g-2, while moving on to a short stint on the AUP-LHC (Accelerator Upgrade Project – Large Hadron Collider at CERN) with the US effort headed at Fermilab, and then on to the APS U (Advanced Photon Source Upgrade) project at Argonne National Laboratory. On APS-U, he identified errors in the true-up process between contract awards and their associated budgets that ironically introduced false positive cost variances that could lead to undetected mismanagement. He derived a mathematically correct approach, provided methods and examples of its implementation, and presented those lessons learned to the Project Management Office at Argonne National Laboratory.
Dr. Yoshikawa retired in March 2021. His status as a legacy collaborator on the muon g-2 experiment at Fermilab afforded him authorship in the main Physical Review Letter paper on its first results. The timing of his retirement allowed him to enjoy some of the celebratory activities associated with the preparation of its release (careful reading and scrutiny of the paper along with commenting on practice talks) that were made public in April 2021. He is currently enjoying retirement in Illinois and passively participates in preliminary discussions on reviving the Muon Collider effort at CERN (currently at the US equivalent of pre-CD-0 maturity) to keep abreast of its status. Longer term plans are to return to Hawaii where he'll consider teaching at a very small load level and possibly rejoin the Muon Collider effort. However regarding the MC, contending with the 12 hour time difference across the globe, especially during retirement, remains a challenge to be contemplated.
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