Andre de Gouvea

Northwestern University


Candidate Statement

Particle physics is living through very interesting times: the discovery of the Higgs boson, the start of precision neutrino oscillation oscillation studies, and the potential dawning of the Dark Matter era, to name only a few, raise several enticing questions along with the promise of very exciting discoveries ahead. At the same time, funding prospects, abroad and especially in the US, remain very uncertain and competition from other outstanding scientific endeavors has never been more fierce. In order to thrive, we need to continue delivering groundbreaking fundamental physics results and significantly improve our ability to enthusiastically communicate those, along with the proper context, to the local, national and international communities.

Fermilab will play a key role in the future of particle physics research nationally and internationally. Along with a strong effort in activities abroad, The Lab is in the process of redefining its "local" science and moving towards the so-called Intensity Frontier for the foreseeable future. It is vital to promote this direction for the lab and make sure that the new efforts are ultimately successful. Fermilab needs an active, relevant local experimental physics portfolio! A vibrant, active UEC can play, and needs to play, a very important role in this entire process.

I first came to Fermilab as a Master's degree student working on the E791 experiment in 1994. I later joined the Fermilab Theory Particle Theory Group in 2001 as Postdoc and consider myself a Permanent Visitor since moving to Evanston in 2003. More recently I have become involved, as a theorist and a cheer leader, in the upcoming Fermilab muon experiments (g-2 and Mu2e) and the LBNE project. Given the opportunity, I would be happy to contribute to a strong, advocative, and relevant UEC.