Christopher Weaver

Portrait of Chris Weaver

Christopher Weaver

Job / Position:  Software Systems Engineer

Chris Weaver's background is primarily in neutrino astrophysics. He did his Ph.D. work at the University of Wisconsin Madison from 2008 to 2015 on the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, searching for high-energy muon neutrinos of astrophysical origin. In support of that scientific goal, he worked on embedded routines for in situ detector calibration, non-linear maximum likelihood fits over large datasets, and efficient simulation of particle physics and detector electronics effects. As a graduate student and as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta, he used high throughput computing on a number of resources including the Open Science Grid, Compute Canada, and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud to do data processing and simulation required for astrophysical neutrino analyses.

In 2018, he joined the Maniac Lab group at the University of Chicago to support scientific cyberinfrastructure projects including the Open Science Grid and the Services Layer at the Edge for federated scientific platforms. These projects involved use of federated identity management, containerization of services, and development of a cybersecurity plan for federated infrastructure operations. He joined the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research in 2020 to continue supporting computational infrastructure projects and research computing, including multi-messenger astronomy with IceCube. He also is one of the authors and maintainers of the nuSQuIDS high-energy neutrino propagation package, which solves the transport of neutrino fluxes through dense media and allows inclusion of new physics processes to support their characterization.