Zin Tun, PhD, Professional Physicist (P.Phys.)
Scientific Instrument Development

Dr. Tun provides scientific oversight and leadership in projects to design and construct scientific instruments. Tun specializes in neutron scattering instruments as well as other nuclear related installations. He has led design and construction projects for scientific infrastructure in Canada and abroad. Specifically, he was the project leader for the $2.4M D3 neutron reflectometer at the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre, and provided the scientific leadership for construction of the two beamlines at the McMaster Nuclear Reactor, which represent investments of $9M.

Dr. Tun is veteran scientist with more than 30 years of experience in the study of materials. He has extensive knowledge in the techniques of X-ray diffraction and neutron scattering and has published many research papers in peer-reviewed journals. After earning his Ph.D. from McMaster University (1985), he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1984-1987). Tun then joined Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.’s Chalk River Laboratories as a research scientist conducting materials research using neutron beams, with notable publications in quantum materials and the study of thin films and surfaces. When the neutron beam lab, later known as the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (CNBC), was transferred to the National Research Council in 1997, he continued to provide scientific leadership in materials research, and particularly in instrument development, until the CNBC’s closure in 2019. Tun is a member of the Canadian Association of Physicists’ Certification Committee for the P.Phys. designation. He is also a member of the American Physical Society, and the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering.

Mark Vigder, PhD
Systems and Software Engineering

Dr. Mark Vigder offers systems and software engineering expertise, particularly in the field of large scientific control systems. In recent years, he designed and oversaw the development of the control and data acquisition systems for the neutron beamlines at the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre and at the McMaster Nuclear Reactor. He has managed the development of the software used for data acquisition and analysis for clients in scientific and engineering organizations, such as the Aerospace and Ocean Technology Institutes.

Dr. Vigder has over 40 years experience working in software and computer systems as a practitioner, researcher and instructor. In his early career, he worked in private industry developing system software and communication protocols, and as a Lecturer and Visiting Professor at Carleton University and the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. After earning his Ph.D. in Computer and Systems Engineering from Carleton University in 1992, he joined the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada as a researcher until 2019. In addition to the developing scientific control systems for the NRC and external clients, he also researched the software and systems engineering processes organizations use for developing large-scale systems, looking at a broad range of topics including cost estimation, software integration and workflow management. He has numerous publications on these topics.

Daniel Banks, PhD, MBA
Science Policy, Strategy, and Communications

Dr. Daniel Banks supports corporate clients with planning and implementation of scientific initiatives, from background research and developing a vision, to engaging stakeholders with strategic communications and measuring performance and impacts. He also provides science writing and technical editing services, including reviews of grant proposals. For the past decade, he was worked at the centre of strategic initiatives of the Canadian community of neutron beam users. He has contributed to strategic initiatives in materials research and nuclear science fields by providing policy advice, engaging with stakeholders, and writing accessible research impact stories. He has written dozens of evidence-based briefing materials, performance reports, funding requests, commentaries or discussion papers for federal government agencies, parliamentary committees, and stakeholders in the research community. His documents have covered diverse topics in science and innovation policy. He has authored over 60 accessible research stories that provide examples if impact to support strategic initiatives.

Dr. Banks earned further experience with democratic decision-making bodies and policy issues, by serving as an elected member of the Council of the Town of Deep River, Ontario (2010-2014). He was promoted to Deputy Mayor in less than a year in recognition of his thoughtful, conscientious deliberation of matters before the Council. He is a former Director of Science Policy for the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and remains a contributing member of the CAP science policy committee. His scientific and academic credentials include 15 scientific publications, including the 12th-most cited paper of all biophysics papers in Web of Science in 2005. He earned a PhD in physics in 2008, and a Master of Business Administration in 2018, both from McMaster University. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Physicists, the Canadian Nuclear Society, and the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering. More on LinkedIn