Areas of research:
What is your main focus on the CMS experiment?
I study the collisions of protons, which are made from quarks and gluons. We detect the results and find the energy of the particles that have jetted off from the collision. I also reconstruct electrons and work on finding new physics.
What inspired you to study particle physics?
My inspiration with physics first began when I was a small kid. I heard all of these things about electrons and muons running through our bodies, but I never had seen any of that happening. I wondered what electrons and muons were, and I wanted to study them.
What is your favorite part about being a scientist?
I like how everything can be proven by a science experiment. For example, in other areas of business when most people say something is right, it usually is. However, in science, we do experiments, and there is no final word. After the experiments are done, we propose new problems and ask new questions.
What is one thing about Fermilab that surprises most people? What even surprised you?
Once a physics professor came here on his first visit with his class. He had apparently told the class that we produced the atomic bomb at Fermilab, which is not true. You would usually hear these things from the general public, or people who do not study science, but it was surprising to hear it from a professor.
Also, before coming here, I worked at SLAC and the weather was always nice. When I came here in February, I had never driven in the snow. When I tried to steer the car, it would go in the other direction.
Assuming you have a laptop already in your hand, what is one thing that you would rescue from your burning office or lab?
Besides my MacBook, I would try to rescue Jim, my office mate, as well.
What kind of music do you listen to?
I like alternative music, such as Green Day. I once saw them in San Francisco. I also like Maroon 5.