Graduate Student Kevin Finelli Presents at Major Conference Down Under, Interviewed on Young Scientist Panel

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Graduate student Kevin Finelli, working in the Duke High-Energy Particle Physics (HEP) group with his advisor Prof. Mark Kruse, spent much of the summer in Australia working on his thesis project, an analysis of ATLAS data at the Large Hadron Collider. The trip was supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Particle Physics (CoEPP), in which Kruse is a partner investigator. Finelli spent most of his time in Melbourne, working with University of Melbourne postdoc Antonio Limosani. His time in Melbourne coincided with the biggest international HEP conference of the year, ICHEP (International Conference on High Energy Physics), where the announcement of the Higgs discovery kicked off the conference. The resulting atmosphere at ICHEP in Melbourne was one of excitement and optimism for the future of HEP. Finelli became caught in the Higgs media storm when asked to be interviewed as part of a young scientist panel for Melbourne newspaper "The Age".  He is quoted along with several other HEP scientists in the article "A quantum leap for particle science'' on the future particle physics at the LHC. The full article where Finelli is quoted is here. Finelli also had the honour of presenting a poster at ICHEP, on his work in understanding the performance of the ATLAS Transition Radiation Tracker. A photo of Finelli with his poster is shown.