Dr. Joe Incandela
Professor Joe Incandela is the Vice Chancellor for Research, Distinguished Professor of Physics, and Joe and Pat Yzurdiaga Chair in Experimental Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Professor Incandela’s research has primarily focused on the search for new fundamental particles at the highest energy accelerators in the world. He is a member of the CMS experiment at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, as well as the LDMX dark matter search experiment. He has proposed and led large instrumentation projects and major data analysis efforts. Professor Incandela was a leading contributor to the discovery of the top quark in 1995, and he was the leader of the 40-nation CMS experiment at the time of the CMS observation of the Higgs boson, which he announced on July 4, 2012 in tandem with Fabiola Gianotti for the ATLAS experiment.
Professor Incandela received his doctorate in Physics from the University of Chicago, carrying out a search for magnetic monopoles using superconducting loops, a much larger area follow on to the Cabrera experiment at Stanford, which reported possible evidence for a monopole signal.
He was then awarded a CERN Fellowship and joined the UA2 experiment where he contributed to the first precise measurements of the masses of the W and Z bosons. He also carried out the first search for a charged Higgs boson by means of hadronic tau decays.
Professor Incandela was awarded a Wilson Fellow and later promoted to Senior Staff Scientist at Fermilab before joining UC Santa Barbara in 2001. At Fermilab, he led the construction of the SVX' silicon vertex detector for the CDF experiment and also led the group that used the SVX' detector to obtain the biggest contribution (4.1 σ) of any group to the discovery of the top quark.
In 1997, Professor Incandela formed and led the US tracker project for CMS at the CERN LHC, with responsibility for the largest portion of tracker modules (over 100 m2) in the collaboration. He went on to participate in the Higgs boson search and searches for new particles associated with models of Dark Matter at the LHC. He was part of the leadership of the physics coordination for CMS for the three years leading up to first data-taking, then appointed Deputy Spokesperson (2010-11) and elected Spokesperson (2012-13) during which time he led the experiment for the Higgs discovery that he announced on July 4, 2012.
Professor Incandela is Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and was a co-recipient of the Fundamental Physics Prize (aka Breakthrough Prize) in 2012. He is a member of the chair line of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society. Since March 2016, Professor Incandela has served as the Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Santa Barbara while continuing to pursue the search for dark matter with the CMS and LDMX experiments.
Video of the entire keynote session is on-line.