Purdue University Northwest is establishing a new Center for High Energy Physics. PNW says the center will leverage its existing particle and high energy physics research and community outreach programs, while promoting the university’s status within the world of physics research.
The center will be led by Dr. Neeti Parashar, professor of physics and the center’s founder and director, as well as Dr. James Dolen, associate professor of physics.
“High energy physics helps us better understand the very nature of life by focusing on the smallest fundamental building blocks,” said Kenneth Holford, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “Purdue Northwest is home to two nationally recognized scientists that work in this area. In addition to identifying this as a priority research area, the launch of the Center for High Energy Physics will make these topics accessible and relevant to our community.”
PNW says the center will offer students the opportunity to observe and participate in research funded by the National Science Foundation at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois and the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland.
“The Center for High Energy Physics at PNW will allow us to highlight the world-class research our faculty are doing in this field, and provide a framework to reach out and train students and teachers at the leading edge of science,” says Dietmar Rempfer, interim dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences. “By offering opportunities for students and teachers in Northwest Indiana to study at international laboratory facilities such as Fermilab and CERN, CHEP will expose our students and communities to modern science and facilitate knowledge transfer via several impactful modes of experiential learning.”
Parashar says the center will also offer additional leverage for funding opportunities, inviting relevant researchers and recruiting physics students.