I am a postdoc in the Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics. My career has been focused on dark matter searches using both gamma-ray telescopes, and low background nuclear recoil detectors. Besides dark matter analysis, my work is focused on instrumentation for these experiments. I worked on trigger electronics for VERITAS and I am now managing the electronics and data acquisition for the SuperCDMS SNOLAB experiment.
I have just recently started collaborating with SLAC on the SuperCDMS experiment. SLAC is a new group, but I have hopes that SLAC can help lead detector development bringing the unique skills of a national laboratory to bear on one of the most challenging aspects of the experiment.
As SLAC focuses more on applied physics, I feel it is important that basic science, both in particle physics and in astrophysics, should remain a core part of the scientific program. As a member of the SLUO executive committee, I will strive to communicate the importance of SLAC research to the public. Particle physics is typically a diverse field due to the international nature of the large accelerator and neutrino collaborations, and I would try to maintain this diversity of culture through the transition that SLAC is making. Finally, I believe my employment at Fermilab is an opportunity to strengthen the connection between the two national laboratories in the parts of the scientific programs that overlap.