Peter Loch

I am an Associated Research Scientist in the Experimental Elementary Particle
Physics group at the University of Arizona. I received my PhD in experimental
particle physics from the University of Hamburg (Germany) in 1992. At that
time I was a member of the H1 collaboration at HERA and studied the
calibration of the calorimeter for electrons, hadrons, and jets. After a brief
assignment as a post-doc at the University of Arizona in 1992-1993, where I
worked on the design and prototyping of the forward calorimeter for the long
since defunct GEM detector and some response studies for the DZero calorimeter
at the Tevatron, I rejoined H1 for a forward energy flow analysis and detailed
studies of jet reconstruction in deep inelastic scattering. Early 1995 I moved
back to Arizona, now as a research scientist, to join the ATLAS experiment at
LHC, first to help with the design, construction and testing of the forward
calorimeter. Later I moved from detector construction to general calorimeter,
jet, and missing transverse momentum reconstruction software, all topics to
which I still actively contribute. I accepted several leadership positions in
ATLAS, including calorimeter simulation coordination, calorimeter
reconstruction software coordination, and jet and missing transverse energy
reconstruction co-coordinator (2004-2008). Besides other past and present
comittee and task force work in ATLAS and US ATLAS, I am also presently the
US ATLAS software manager,

Involvement and plans with SLAC

My relation to SLAC started shortly after the high energy physics group joined
ATLAS, and has developed into a very productive collaboration on topics of
common interest. In addition, SLAC's interest and potential to develop into
a US West Coast based intellectual and resource center for high precision
analysis of ATLAS experimental data, and the willingness to in particular
support efforts at universities in the region (including e.g. the University of
Arizona), generated my interest in supporting this endeavour and helping with
the collection of requirements and use cases from the point of view of smaller
groups at these universities.

This election for the SLUO executive committee opens an opportunity for me to
assume an even more efficient and active role in supporting SLAC and helping
define its future. From my recent experiences in US ATLAS I believe that my
most useful contribution would be in helping to increasing SLAC's role as a
host institute not only for the high energy physics activities at LHC and
possibly even a future ILC, but also for the non-accelerator based particle
astrophysics program in the US. I am very sure I can help with securing funds
for ongoing and continuing support, and with developing strategies for future
involvements and an active physics program. In addition I believe that I can
contribute to strengthen SLAC's role as an intellectual center on the US West
Coast, mostly by helping with physics program, computing resource planning,
and organizational issues. Lastly, I have a severe interest in attracting
young people to high energy physics and thus would be interested to help with
outreach activities.