Summary

"Martin Andreas Abel - An articulate and efficient problem solver." Need something done on-time, on-specification, and above par? I'm your guy. Companies enjoy contracting and consulting with me because I speak business. Martin Andreas Abel is an accomplished Professional with extensive knowledge in Science and Mathematics. He earned Undergraduate degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Wuerzburg in Germany and completed two Masters and his Ph.D. in Computational Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics at the University of Texas at Austin within 3 years, during which he received a prestigious, merit-based Continuing Fellowship. After graduation he started a postdoctoral fellowship, continuing to focus on Molecular Collisions, while teaching Physics and Calculus to gifted and talented students at ACE Academy (Austin Gifted). During his Research and Professional work, he published many well-regarded papers. In addition, he obtained substantial experience in theoretical atomic and molecular physics, as well as physical chemistry. Furthermore, he learned to use Mathematica, C++, Fortran, and Latex. He is also a paid Educational Consultant at Querium Corporation, which aims to dramatically improve E-Learning by use of step-by-step evaluation. Currently Abel is employed as Chief Data Scientist at SparkCognition, the first Cognitive Security Analytics Company, focusing on securing the Internet of Things (IoT), predictive maintenance, as well as financial market predictions. To accomplish this task he leads a local and offshore analytics team. He is proficient in German, English, Latin, and currently learning Mandarin Chinese. Abel would love to apply his skills and talents in the fields of Algorithmic Trading, Management Consulting/ Technology Consulting and pursue a career as a Patent Agent/ Patent Attorney. Dr. Abel currently lives in the Austin, Texas, area.

Work History

Work History
Sep 2013 - Present

Chief Data Scientist

SparkCognition, Inc. 

SparkCognition is the world’s first Cognitive Security Analytics company. We're applying Machine Learning (ML) & Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Cloud Security and the Internet of Things (IoT). In this new world, where data is abundant, unintelligent software cannot be expected to respond to critical scenarios that may evolve rapidly, or make use of new opportunities when they surface for a fleeting instant. This is where software-enabled Cognition comes in. SparkCognition's platform is built on patent-pending Pattern Recognition & Machine Learning techniques that enable unparalleled Cognitive capability. When exposed to security data, we can find patterns of attack, identify vectors, model attacker behavior and much more. Because it’s Cloud-Born, SparkCognition's platform aggregates its learning at a faster pace than any human or legacy software system. It not only gains more experience, it actually increases its intelligence and capability. Over time, it will answer questions that, today, only a handful of elite security experts could address. And beyond that, it will only get smarter. Dr. Abel works on Big Data Mining, Analytics, and Prediction using a variety of software applications. Current roles include leading a local and offshore analytics team and implementing a unique cloud based software as a service (SaaS) platform for Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. Emphasis on a wide variety of data sources including mobile devices, social media, cyber security, industrial and financial data. Accomplishments range from having developed an algorithm for machine failure prediction that exceeded the results of the 2012 IEEE data science challenge, helping several customers detect threats before they turned into a serious problem, and predicting financial markets for machine-generated decision building. Tools used include Hadoop, Hive, HBase, R, Python, Scala, Spark, Java, Pig, Virtual Machines, HDFS, MapReduce, Storm, Trident, Apache Streaming, NoSQL Databases, Cassandra, Multi-model Databases, Real time Big Data Analytics, MongoDB, Neo4J, and MariaDB.

Feb 2013 - Present

Educational Consultant

Querium Corp. 

Querium is an E-Learning company, headquartered in Austin, TX, that is disrupting the E-Learning space by delivering a step-by-step system to help students study more efficiently. As an Educational Consultant I advice the management about how to best develop an online learning system. I develop scientific problems in the field of physics, mathematics, and engineering which are being used as part of the software.

Dec 2012 - Present

External Translator

TransRu

Abel quickly translated several lengthy patent related documents from English to German and others from German to English.

Dec 2012 - Jan 2013

External Translator

Sneaky Games

Abel translated a popular Facebook game from English to German.

Nov 2012 - Oct 2013

Instructor

Austin Gifted/ ACE Academy

As part of the faculty of Austin Gifted, Abel taught gifted and talented students Physics, Science, Calculus, and German. He created curricula, class notes, homework problems, exams, and graded students. In addition he had correspondence with parents and other instructors about student's performance.

Sep 2012 - Present

Partner

Article One Partners

As a Partner Abel helps to improve the quality of Technical Patents and gains more knowledge of the patenting process.

Sep 2012 - Oct 2012

Physics and Astronomy Substitute Teacher

The Khabele School

Abel taught five classes as a Physics and Astronomy Substitute Teacher. The classes were AP Physics (12th grade), two Physics classes (9th grade), and two Astronomy classes (11th grade). He created class notes, homework problems, exams, and graded students.

May 2012 - Present

Private Tutor

Self-employed

Abel has been tutoring various students in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Astronomy, with most of them making significant improvements in their grades.

May 2012 - Present

Research Scientist

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Physics

As a Research Scientist Abel does Research in the field of Computational Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. His aim is to help astrophysicists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and other research institutions to determine a more precise estimate of the age of our galaxy and ultimately of the age of the Universe.

Jan 2012 - Present

Private Tutor

TutorDoctor

Abel tutors a variety of students in preparation for GRE and LSAT exams, as well as in Physics, Mathematics, and Calculus. Most of his students have improved their test scores significantly.

Aug 2011 - Dec 2011

Graduate Teaching Assistant

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Physics

As a Teaching Assistant Abel taught four discussion sections for PHY 303K: Classical Mechanics for Engineering and Computer Science Students. He helped students during office hours and assisted the Professor in proctoring several exams.

Jul 2011 - Aug 2011

Student Worker in Quality Assurance

Ignite! Learning

As a Student worker in Quality Assurance Abel performed Quality Assurance for educational software intended for high and middle school students. By working overtime many days Abel made it possible for the company to meet several important deadlines.

Aug 2008 - Jul 2011

Graduate Research Assistant

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Physics

Abel's Research as a Graduate Research Assistant was focused on Computational Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, in particular on the field of Collision-Induced Absorption. In collaboration with a Quantum-Chemistry group based at Michigan State University he calculated the collision-induced absorption by dense hydrogen-helium gas mixtures up to several thousand kelvin to provide Astrophysicists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and other laboratories around the world with the necessary input data for a new estimate of the age of our galaxy and ultimately of the age of the Universe.

Jul 2005 - Aug 2005

Student worker in Process Engineering

Boart Longyear

Abel helped with the development of drilling supply.

Education

Education
May 2012 - Present

Postdoctoral Studies

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Physics

Currently, Abel is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of Computational Atomic and Molecular Astrophysics at the University of Texas at Austin. His focus is on extending previous ab initio calculations of the collision-induced absorption spectra of simple molecular complexes in dense hydrogen-helium atmospheres to higher temperatures and higher photon energies. This will help astronomers to be able to give a more precise estimate of the age of our galaxy and ultimately of the age of the Universe.

May 2012 - Jul 2012

Halliburton Business Foundations Summer Institute Certificate

The University of Texas at Austin Red McCombs School of Business

Coursework: ACC 310F: Foundations of Accounting; FIN 320F: Foundations of Finance; IB 320F: Foundations of International Business; MKT 320F: Foundations of Marketing; MAN 320F: Foundations of Management

Aug 2009 - May 2012

Ph.D. in Computational Physics

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Physics

Title of Dissertation: "Computation of Collision-Induced Absorption by Simple Molecular Complexes, for Astrophysical Applications"

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Lothar Frommhold, Prof. Dr. Michael Downer

GPA: 3.71/ 4.00

Coursework: PHY 698B: Thesis; PHY 399W: Dissertation; CHI 507: First-Year Chinese 2; PHY 398T: Supervised Teaching in Physics; PHY W399R: Dissertation; FR F301: French for Graduate Students in other Departments; PHY 396L: Quantum Field Theory 2; AST 381: Astrophysical Gas Dynamics 2; PHY 395S: Seminar in Atomic and Molecular Physics; CHI 506: First-Year Chinese 1; PHY 387M: Relativity Theory 1; PHY 396K: Quantum Field Theory 1; PHY 389K: Quantum Mechanics; PHY 396P: String Theory 1; CAM 381M: Methods of Mathematical Physics; PHY 382M: Fluid Mechanics; PHY 385K: Classical Mechanics; PHY 396T: Particle Physics: Introduction to Research; PHY 387K: Electromagnetic Theory; PHY 362L: Modern Physics 4: Subatomic Physics; PHY 385L: Statistical Mechanics; PHY 698A: Thesis; M 381D: Complex Analysis; M 380D: Algebra; PHY 380N: Experimental Physics; PHY 390: Graduate Research; PHY 386N: Technical Seminar; PHY 386K: Physics of Sensors

Aug 2009 - Aug 2010

Master of Science in Applied Physics

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Physics

Title of Thesis: "Collision-induced absorption by molecular deuterium (D$_2$) in the rototranslational band, the fundamental band, and first overtone band of D$_2$"

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Lothar Frommhold

GPA: 3.67/ 4.00

Aug 2008 - Aug 2009

Master of Arts in Physics

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Physics

Title of Thesis: "Collision-induced absorption in the rototranslational band of H$_2$--H$_2$ and in the fundamental band and first and second overtone band of H$_2$ in dense hydrogen gas"

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Lothar Frommhold

GPA: 3.72/ 4.00

Oct 2006 - Aug 2008

Vordiplom Mathematics

The University of Wuerzburg

- Vordiplom, Mathematics, August 2008

- GPA: 1.30 on a scale of 1.00 (top) - 6.00

Passing the Vordiplom exams in Mathematics allowed Abel to continue on to Graduate studies of Mathematics.

Oct 2005 - Oct 2007

Vordiplom Physics

The University of Wuerzburg

- Vordiplom, Physics, October 2007

- GPA: 1.91 on a scale of 1.00 (top) - 6.00

Passing the Vordiplom exams in Physics allowed Abel to continue on to Graduate studies of Physics.

Jul 2005

Abitur

Wigbertgymnasium

Abel passed the German College entrance exams, allowing him to start his University studies of physics and mathematics.

Projects

- Taught two classes during Mind Games 2013, July 2013

- Taught four classes during both sessions of Summer Wonders 2013, June 2013 - July 2013; Summer Wonders has been rated “Best Summer Camp” for the fourth year in a row in the Austin Chronicle 2012 Reader’s Poll, announced November 9th, 2012

- Proctoring of two LSATs, May 2013

- Translation of a Cookbook from English to German, April 2013

- Translation of a Computer Game from English to German, December 2012 - February 2013

- Translation of a Patent from German to English, November 2012

- Review of the Paper "Analysis of the collision-induced absorption spectra of the second overtone band of H$_2$ at 77 K", Canadian Journal of Physics, February 2012

- Review of the Paper "Optimization of Optical Properties of Annealed Cadmium Selenide (CdSe) thin films grown by chemical bath deposition technique", Physical Review and Research International, March 2012

Awards and Membership

- February 2013 - present: active Member of the Consulting Incubator Network (CIN)

- February 2013 - present: active Member of the Austin Real Estate Investor & Marketing Entrepreneurs (AREI & ME) Club

- May 2012: APS Travel Grant to attend a major International Conference

- January 2012 - present: active Member of Sigma Pi International Professional Fraternity

- September 2011 - May 2012: The Graduate School of the University of Texas at Austin Continuing Fellowship (awarded to one out of 250 Graduate Students once a year)

- September 2011: Texas Advanced Computing Center Student Travel Grant to attend the IEEE Cluster 2011

- June 2010: The Graduate School of the University of Texas at Austin Professional Development Award to attend a major International Conference

- January 2010 - present: Member of the American Physical Society (APS)

- August 2009 - present: Member of the Texas Exes

- January 2009 - present: e-fellows.net Fellowship

- August 2008 - present: Member of Planet Longhorn

References

- Amir Husain (SparkCognition, Inc.)

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- Qasim Iqbal, Ph.D. (SparkCognition, Inc.)

- Mo Yazdi, Ph.D. (Austin Gifted/ ACE Academy)

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- Deanna Buckley, Ph.D. (Austin Gifted/ ACE Academy)

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- Didier Saumon, Ph.D. (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

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- Don Winget, Ph.D. (Astronomy Department, UT Austin)

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- Katharine L. C. Hunt, Ph.D. (Chemistry Department, Michigan State University)

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- Mike Downer, Ph.D. (Dissertation Co-Supervisor, Physics Department, UT Austin)

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- Lothar Frommhold, Ph.D. (Dissertation Supervisor, Physics Department, UT Austin)

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- Donna Hulsey (Austin Gifted/ ACE Academy)

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- Karen Langdon (Austin Gifted/ ACE Academy)

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- Kent Fuka (Querium Corp.)

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