UEC Nominee for 2019-2021 Term: Reddy Pratap Gandrajula

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Reddy Pratap Gandrajula
Michigan State University


I am currently in my third year as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at Michigan State University, working on the NOvA and DUNE neutrino experiments. My association with Fermilab began back in 2010 when I was a graduate student at the University of Iowa. 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. 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 fond memories with caring friends and colleagues not only at the workplace but also at my living in Fermilab village. During my time at Fermilab, I have participated in several outreach and physics events that provided me an opportunity to understand the strengths, diversity, and inclusion at the lab and its various research programs.

Being an international student from India and now as a postdoc living in a foreign country, I have realized how important it is to make the lab a warm and welcoming place in order to improve our quality of life and, at the same time, achieve our academic goals.

The Users Executive Committee (UEC) plays a significant role in providing a collegial atmosphere, ensuring everyone have a positive experience at Fermilab, organizing significant activities and addressing our needs as users. If elected as a UEC member, I would aim to help expand the UEC’s efforts to strengthen the ties among lab users.

Fermilab is a leader of the particle physics scientific community in the US and in the World. It would be an honor to serve the Fermilab user community as a member of the UEC and proudly represent the users. I will be willing to make my best efforts on these responsibilities and will be open to hearing any of your suggestions, and I welcome your support.