I am a professor and particle physicist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am also affiliated faculty with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Generally speaking, my research aims to understand the universe at its most fundamental level, including the constituents of matter and their interactions.
My current research is to search for physics beyond the standard model through a detailed study of high-energy proton-proton collisions at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. My research group searches for new physics using data from the ATLAS Experiment, with an emphasis on the Higgs boson as a sensitive new tool and applications of machine learning to enhance our sensitivity.
My group is also working to improve the experimental methods and apparatus in high-energy physics, including advancing scientific software and computing and developing fast electronics for highly-parallelized systems that track charged particles at the LHC.
I am also passionate about outreach and education in STEM fields, especially the creative use of technologies from data science to improve physics education. See my Teaching page for more information!