Curriculum Vitae

Jacob R. Howard

[email protected]

Work and Research Interests

I am a software developer and physicist, with a strong background in computing and mathematics.

My doctoral work focused on studies of the Higgs boson decaying into τ-leptons as part of the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. A large portion of my research was also devoted to development of high-performance computing optimizations for the ATLAS data acquisition and processing pipeline.

Prior to my doctorate, I worked on software and hardware integration for a Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) experiment at UC Berkeley. I also have extensive experience with development in enterprise environments, as both a full-time and freelance employee. I have a broad yet in-depth working knowledge of a variety of software technologies, spanning server, desktop, mobile, and web platforms. I particularly enjoy working on performance-critical software with challenging requirements.

In my spare time, I also enjoy working on a variety of open source projects.


University of Oxford — D.Phil. (Ph.D.)
Particle Physics
Measurements of the Higgs Boson in the H→ττ Decay Channel
2010 — 2015
University of California at Berkeley — B.A.
Double Major in Physics and Pure Mathematics
2005 — 2008

Grants and Awards

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowship 2010 — 2015
Springboard Accelerator Program (now TechStars London) 2012
1st Place — [email protected] Hackathon 2009


The ATLAS collaboration. Search for the Standard Model Higgs boson produced in association with a vector boson and decaying into a tau pair in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector. Phys. Rev. D, 93, 092005. 2016
The ATLAS collaboration. Evidence for the Higgs-boson Yukawa coupling to tau leptons with the ATLAS detector. Journal of High Energy Physics, 4, 117. 2015
The ATLAS collaboration. Evidence for Higgs boson decays to the τ+τ final state with the ATLAS detector. ATLAS-CONF-2013-108. 2013
Emeliyanov, D. and Howard, J. GPU-based tracking algorithms for the ATLAS high-level trigger. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 396, 1. 2012
Lee, A. T. et al. Polarbear: Ultra-high energy physics with measurements of CMB polarization. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1040, 66. 2008

Research and Professional Experience

Software Consultant and Developer
Rhumbix, Inc.
2017 — 2018
  • Consulted on software and database architecture
  • Provided development services to the Rhumbix data science team
Independent Software Developer 2016 — Present
  • Independently developed cross-platform file synchronization application for simultaneous multi-platform code development and testing (launch pending)
Graduate Student
ATLAS Experiment, CERN
2010 — 2015
  • Developed high-performance GPU-based detector data decoding and hit clustering algorithms for the ATLAS trigger
  • Validated H→ττ event reconstruction and Boosted Decision Tree model
  • Compared performance of Matrix Element Method and Boosted Decision Tree analyses in the H→WW decay channel
  • Commenced development of GPU-accelerated matrix element integration
  • Developed a parallel, high-performance Python/C++ analysis framework for the ATLAS (V)H→ττ analyses
  • Optimized τ-lepton trigger identification and selection criteria
  • Optimized (V)H→ττ event selection criteria
  • Calculated QCD scale uncertainties for jet-binned (V)H→ττ analyses
  • Evaluated signal and exclusion significances for the (V)H→ττ analyses
Lead Software Developer
2010 — 2012
  • Developed iOS application for punchlist management and reporting
  • Developed Python backend and web application to support punchlist management and reporting
  • Designed, developed, and maintained company website
  • Managed Linux server and database infrastructure
Freelance Software Developer 2009 — 2011
  • Developed C#/ASP.NET authentication plugin for integration with central authentication server
  • Developed custom C++ Windows credential provider for YubiKey tokens
Research Assistant
Experimental Cosmology Group, UC Berkeley
2008 — 2009
  • Integrated telescope pointing control with data acquisition systems
  • Developed cryostat temperature and cycle control software
  • Designed and implemented control software for frequency-multiplexed SQUID/bolometer readout system
  • Designed and implemented real-time data acquisition, analysis, and visualization system for monitoring telescope sensor array
  • Constructed precision IRIG-B timestamp propagation electronics for telescope, detectors, and control computer
  • Constructed synchronization pulse electronics for hardware systems
  • Designed network architecture for high-bandwidth data acquisition
Software Developer
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
2006 — 2009
  • Developed C#/ASP.NET web applications and services for Windows domain account and computer management
  • Maintained and developed for Microsoft SQL Server instances
  • Managed Linux research cluster and benchmarked its performance
  • Supervised junior developers
Software Developer
Institute of Business and Economic Research, UC Berkeley
2006 — 2007
  • Developed C#/ASP.NET web applications and services for dataset and publication distribution
  • Maintained and developed for Microsoft SQL Server instances
  • Maintained legacy PHP and ColdFusion applications
  • Maintained organization website
  • Provided general IT support

Technical Expertise

  • C/C++ standard libraries
  • Boost
  • CMake
  • CUDA
  • OpenCL
  • ROOT (including TMVA and RooFit)
  • Python standard library
  • NumPy
  • IPython (including Parallel and Notebook)
  • Pandas
  • scikit-learn
  • SciPy
  • numexpr
  • Theano
  • matplotlib
  • Go standard library
  • gRPC
  • cgo
  • Cocoa (AppKit and UIKit)
  • Go
  • Python
  • Node.js
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • PostgreSQL
  • Windows
  • OS X
  • iOS
  • Git
  • Team Foundation Server
  • Subversion
  • SourceSafe
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • LaTeX
  • Keynote