UEC Nominee for 2018-2020 Term: K. Lynch

Kevin Lynch
City University of New York


My first visit to Fermilab came nearly 20 years ago when I was a theory grad student at Boston University. I came with my group for Thinkshop 2, to explore top quark physics in the Tevatron Run II era. The highlight of that first trip was visiting the D0 detector during its reconstruction. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to pursue a unique career path that I’ve loved. After grad school, I switched to experiment, and spent eight years as a postdoc – also at Boston – working on small, precision muon physics experiments at the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland, measuring muon lifetimes. These small-scale experiments gave me the opportunity to be involved in all stages of the experiment life cycle, and gave me the opportunity to do computing – simulation, DAQ, analysis – electronics design, and detector construction. Today, my HEP work is focused on the muon program at Fermilab, where I’ve been able to bring together all the skills I learned in those PSI efforts. I was heavily involved in the proposal effort for the Muon g-2 experiment. Today, I spend the bulk of my research time on Mu2e, working on issues at the interface between the experiment and the accelerator complex.

I would like to serve on the UEC as an advocate for both the muon physics community at Fermilab, and for the smaller academic research groups that participate in the scientific program of the Lab. My research group is located in the heart of Queens in New York City, at the York College campus of the City University of New York (CUNY). York is an ethnically diverse, non-residential, urban campus, located in the most diverse county in the country. CUNY not a traditional HEP stronghold, and I was attracted to York by the opportunity to build a research group from the ground up. The last eight years have been exciting. Our group is currently two Pis, one grad student, and a constantly changing cast of undergraduate physics majors and high school students. Programs like ours bring opportunities in HEP to students that are not typically represented in our professional community. Diversifying our community requires engagement with non-traditional programs and institutions – like York – and I hope to represent those interests on the UEC.

My association with Fermilab has in large part brought me to where I am professionally, and I hope to be able to give back to this community through service on the UEC.