Dr. Benjamin Jones (Assistant Professor of Physics)

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Benjamin J. P. Jones is an Assistant Professor of Physics at UTA and Lead summer camp organizer and lecturer.  He received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Jones was recently awarded the prestigious Department of Energy Early Career Award for research into the nature of neutrino mass, which applies techniques from biochemistry to particle physics in order to study ultra-rare radioactive decays.  His PhD thesis work, which probed the properties of atmospheric neutrinos at the IceCube Neutrino Telescope, was recognized with the Tanaka Dissertation Award from the American Physical Society.  Jones’s research group at UTA focuses on neutrino physics and astrophysics, in particular the nature of neutrino mass and searches for exotic phenomena such as oscillations of sterile neutrinos.

Dr. Jonathan Asaadi (Assistant Professor of Physics)


      Jonathan Asaadi is an Assistant Professor of Physics at UTA since 2015 and Summer camp organizer & lecturer. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2012 working on the Collider Detector at Fermilab performing a search for long lived particles which decay to photons. His current research is focused neutrino physics using accelerator based neutrino sources directed at large liquid argon time projection chambers (LArTPC). These experiments attempt to measure the fundamental interaction parameters of neutrinos and search for new and unexplained phenomenon. Asaadi serves as co-spokesperson of the Liquid Argon in a Testbeam (LArIAT) experiment which aims to measure hadron-argon interactions and characterize LArTPC detectors for use in neutrino experiments.

Austin McDonald, Grant Parker, Leslie Rogers, Ben Smithers, Nick Byrnes (Graduate Students)

  • Graduate students in Particle Physics.  Practical session assistants.
    Projects will be supervised by a group of working scientists undertaking particle physics research toward PhDs in physics at UTA. Their cutting edge research projects extend from high pressure xenon gas detector development to studies neutrino oscillations at the South Pole.  They will guide attendees through interactive data analysis exercises that recreate a major discovery in particle physics using data from the Large Hadron Collider.

Jacqueline Baeza-Rubio (Web design and program development)

Jackie is an undergraduate student researching neutrinoless double-beta decay under Dr. David Nygren and Dr. Ben Jones. At UTA, she is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Physics through the University’s Honors College. Currently, Jackie is working on ion delivery for Barium tagging as well as microscopy in collaboration with the NEXT experiment.