UEC Nominee for 2018-2020 Term: S. Bhattacharya

Saptaparna Bhattacharya
Northwestern University


I am a Post-doctoral Research Associate at Northwestern University, working on the CMS experiment. My association with Fermilab began back in 2009 when I was a graduate student at Brown University. I have spent a significant fraction of my time as a graduate student at Fermilab and my experience at the lab has been crucial in molding me into a physicist and a researcher. As an international student from India, members of the Fermilab community provided a collegial atmosphere and I am grateful for the mentoring I have received from the senior scientists at the lab. Over the years, I have also made lasting friendships and needless to say, I would not have survived in the village for two years without a car had it not been for caring friends and colleagues.

As a part of the Fermilab user base for nearly ten years, I realize the importance of the Users Executive Committee (UEC) in fostering a vibrant environment and for improving the quality of life at Fermilab. During my time at Fermilab, I have participated in several outreach activities. I accompanied the UEC delegation to Washington DC twice, as a member of the US LHC Users’ Association to lobby with the United States Congress for increased funding to High Energy Physics.

I look forward to serving in the UEC and voicing the interests of the Fermilab users’ community. It would be an honor and a privilege to contribute toward enhancing the user experience at Fermilab.