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Renowned physicist to join NIU, Fermi research teams

Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 3:44 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – Renowned physicist Swapan Chattopadhyay, director of the Cockcroft Institute in England, has accepted a joint appointment to Northern Illinois University and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, effective Sept. 1.

Chattopadhyay has helped break new ground in the fields of accelerator and beam physics. He will join a dynamic group of leaders in advanced accelerator research and development at NIU and Fermilab.

“Professor Chattopadhyay’s appointment builds upon the strong foundation NIU has developed in particle and accelerator physics education and research, and on our continued collaborations with Fermilab, a national laboratory that for decades has been at the forefront of accelerator research,” NIU President Doug Baker said. “We believe Dr. Chattopadhyay’s expertise in the areas of beam physics and accelerator technology will help take NIU’s physics program to the next level, placing it among the nation’s elite."

At Fermilab, Chattopadhyay will be a member of the senior accelerator research team, working on a variety of advanced research projects. Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer noted that Chattopadhyay’s expertise would help the laboratory align with the recently released report from the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel.

“Swapan will be a crucial component to Fermilab’s efforts to fulfill its part of the P5 vision for the future of particle physics,” Lockyer said. “We are very excited to see him join our team.”

Chattopadhyay will serve as professor and director of accelerator research at NIU.

“Dr. Chattopadhyay is one of the world’s leading accelerator physicists,” said Lesley Rigg, NIU vice president for research and innovation partnerships. “High energy and accelerator physics have been identified as targeted areas of excellence at NIU, and we intend to continue to focus on these areas while strengthening our ties to Fermilab.”

Chattopadhyay said he is impressed by NIU’s mission, history of excellence and collaborations with national laboratories.

“NIU serves and educates students from diverse financial, cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds,” Chattopadhyay said. “At the same time, one cannot fail noticing the highest aspirations of the university in matters of global research excellence. It is evidenced by selected partners of choice, such as Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory, and by faculty members who are engaged in cutting-edge research at CERN and are influencing science and technology policy in the U.S. president’s office. This all speaks volumes about the NIU academic leadership team.”

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