University of California Santa Cruz
I am an assistant professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and I work on the ATLAS experiment. That makes me one of a new breed of SLAC users whose experiments are not in a building at SLAC.
Our experiments may be located on the other side of the earth or even in near-earth orbit, but SLAC still plays an essential role as an operations center, computing center, and idea center. If elected to the SLUO executive committee, I would work to address issues impacting this new and expanding population of SLAC users.
I am also a strong believer in bringing the importance and excitement of our research to the attention of the public. Whether it be hosting public lectures or initiating user visits to Washington, SLUO has consistently taken a lead in organizing users in outreach activities. Indeed, SLUO is now in an excellent position to promote the strengthening ties between user research in collider physics, astroparticle physics, cosmology, and theoretical physics.