Charles Trahern

Head of Controls Division, ESS AB

Lund, Sweden

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Charles Trahern's Overview

  • Head of Integrated Control Systems at ESS AB

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Charles Trahern's Summary

ESS AB, Lund, Sweden 2009 - present
Controls division leader for the European Spallation Source from June 2013.

Goldman Sachs & Co. 1998 - 2009
I worked as a market data specialist for GS Strategies, a derivatives modeling, structuring and pricing organization that supports GS sales and trading. I was a member of this group for ten years: 7 years in New York and 3 in Tokyo. The data team I worked with maintained a global historical federated data repository containing equity, fixed income, currency and commodity characteristic data as well as end of day and real time pricing information. The global size of the data repository is of the order of decades of terabytes currently, and it uses storage media such as file systems, Sybase database servers and GS proprietary object database servers.

High Energy Physics 1982 - 1998
After obtaining my Ph.D. in elementary particle physics, I worked on several high energy physics experiments, and then as a research scientist at two National Laboratories.
I first worked for Syracuse University at the CLEO collaboration based at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (1983-1985) and then In Japan at the KEK Laboratory in Tsukuba, Japan for Rutgers and Ohio State Universities (1985-1989). Subsequently I became a research scientist at the Superconducting Super-Collider Laboratory, Dallas, Texas (1989 - 1993), and then at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, New York (1994-1998).

Specialties: Programming languages: SQL, Perl, Slang (proprietary to GS)
Market Data engineering: Reuters RMDS configuration
Market Data: Broad knowledge of sources of market data for fixed income, currency, commodity and equity products.

Charles Trahern's Experience

Head of Integrated Control Systems


Government Agency; 201-500 employees; Research industry

December 2009Present (4 years 10 months)

Integrated Controls Systems Department is responsible for developing the control systems for the Linac, Target, Instrument support and conventional facilities for the European Spallation Source (ESS AB) to be constructed in Lund, Sweden. We are currently preparing the design for the control systems which will use the EPICS framework for the hardware/device support layer. In addition prototypes for the Control Box, the 'control system in a box', are being developed to support vertical integration of sub-systems early in the construction phase of the project. First experiments with neutrons are projected to begin in 2019.

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; GS; Investment Banking industry

April 1998November 2008 (10 years 8 months)

Charles Trahern's Skills & Expertise

  1. Perl
  2. Sybase
  3. SQL
  4. Market Data
  5. Derivatives
  6. Linux
  7. Fixed Income
  8. Distributed Systems
  9. Unix
  10. Python
  11. Software Development
  12. Java
  13. Solaris
  14. Equities
  15. Shell Scripting
  16. CVS
  17. Trading
  18. Programming Languages
  19. Unix Shell Scripting

Charles Trahern's Education

Syracuse University

Ph.D., Elementary Particle Physics, Theory


University of Rochester

MA, Physics


Rice University

BA, Physics


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