Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 22nd 2017 Contents life B3
Thursday, June 22, 2017 guardian.co.tt
Physics scholar off to Germany
PETER RAY BLOOD
Winner of a President's
Medal in 2012, Brad
Bachu, 24, graduated
from Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT) on June 9
with a double Major in Physics
and Mathematics and a Minor in
Philosophy. Bachu was home in
Trinidad for a short respite and
departed on Tuesday to pursue
his PhD in Physics.
A resident of Chaguanas, Bachu
attended Presentation College,
Chaguanas. His one brother, Beau,
did Mechanical Engineering at UWI,
Said Bachu: "I had a well round-
ed childhood. At Presentation I did
fail a few subjects a few times and
never placed first in test. From Form
1-5, I played a lot of badminton and
represented the country at the Pan
Am Games in 2010, just after Form
5. I also did a lot running and did the
UWI Spec half marathon twice, and
also the Clico International Mara-
Bachu said as a child and college
student he didn't do many extra
curricular activities. He said: "I
was never good at things like chess.
I thought chess was about natural
talent but then learnt that the game
was based on a lot strategy. The
thing is, I hate to memorise things,
so some subjects which required a
lot of memorisation I wasn't good
at, from Form 1-5.
"But in Form Six, when I did Phys-
ics and Mathematics, and focussed
on the subjects I really liked, which
required logical thinking and not
really memorisation, I found that I
Never a young man to be easily in-
fluenced, Bachu has had a relatively
smooth transition in Massachusetts.
He said: "My migration to the States
was somewhat easy for me. Being
the type of person who focuses on
what I am about, I wasn't easily in-
fluenced by the popular US culture. I
stayed very focused. I still have a lot
of friends there but I didn't change
who I am."
Laughingly saying that he is no
gourmet chef, Bachu said that he
can help himself around the kitchen.
"At home, curry chicken was the
fastest thing for me to cook," he said.
"I only learned how to make roti
and curry chicken just last year. I ex-
perimented on my friends and they
liked it a lot. As far as US food is con-
cerned, I didn't have any favourites.
"At the bottom of our dorm there
were dining halls where breakfast,
lunch and dinner were served so I
would normally just eat those things.
Back home I am being spoilt by my
mom who every day asks: 'What do
you want to eat today, Brad?'"
Bachu's father works at Xtra Foods
and his mother is a stay-at-home-
"She has been there for Beau and
myself throughout our growing up,"
Bachu returned home on June 11
for a short time, as he's off to Ger-
many to do research at the German
He said: "It's for two months.
Then I return home for about two
weeks, before going off to Princeton
to do my PhD."
Asked if there was any secret
formula to excelling scholastical-
ly, Bachu said: "I think what I have
done that most of people haven't,
is to find something that you really
like and make yourself really good
but I spend a lot of time reading my
"For instance, I find reading my
Physics book more rewarding than
reading a novel. Our universe pro-
vides a better fantasy than a reading
"I watch some movies and tele-
vision, mostly comedies. I do other
things as well, like football and some
squash. I am pretty good at most
sports but don't think I'll take up
any competitively. I just do sports
now for recreation."
About advice to the nation's
youth, Bachu said: "I think that
people place too much emphasis on
deciding one's success by wheth-
er you become a doctor, lawyer or
"I think young people should re-
ally focus on what they want to do
from a young age and try to make the
best of that. I think that adds a lot of
diversity to the work force we have
in T&T. Young people should also
not be afraid to dream big."
President's Medal winner Brad Bachu advises students
to stay focused, dream big, and do what they love
that you really like
and make yourself
really good at it."
EDUCATION / RESEARCH
OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) 2017.
Bachelor of Science in Physics &
Mathematics, Minor: Philosophy.
Thesis: A Study of Short Distance
Top Mass at NNLL + NNLO
PRESENTATION COLLEGE CHA-
GUANAS 2012. CARIBBEAN AD-
VANCED PROFICIENCY EXAM-
INATIONS (CAPE): Physics 1 & 2,
Pure Mathematics 1 & 2, Applied
Mathematics 1 & 2, Geometrical and
Mechanical Engineering Drawing 1
& 2, Caribbean Studies, Communi-
(EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR
NUCLEAR RESEARCH) / MIT
n DARK MATTER SEARCH,
July 2015 -- August 2015
Worked closely with the Dark
Matter Search (DMS) group at
CERN in the Compact Muon Sole-
noid (CMS) collaboration.
Measured the efficiency of
electron identification in the CMS
detector by employing many sta-
Worked on measurement of the
cross section of the Z boson decay
to a bottom quark pair. This mea-
surement will be used to improve
future dark matter searches.
Presented results at CERN to the
DMS group highlighting preliminary
measurements and outlining future
MIT LABORATORY FOR
n TOP QUARK SEARCH IN
HEAVY ION COLLISIONS AT THE
LHC, April -- May 2016
Conducted the first search for top
quarks in Pb-Pb (lead-lead) colli-
sions at 5.02TeV under supervision
of Professor Gunther Roland as a
probe for quark gluon plasma.
Here are some excerpts from
Brad Bachu's resume:
Brad Bachu is now
in Germany to do
research for two
months at the
After that he
goes to Princeton
to do his PhD.
Links Archive June 21st 2017 June 23rd 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page