Daniel Noonan, a postdoctoral researcher working with advisor Francisco Yumiceva at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the largest and most powerful particle collider in the world, was named a Distinguished Researchers for 2019.
This prestigious award, recognizing 21 researchers, is given by Compact Muon Solenoid LHC Physics Center. Yumiceva, Noonan and others work with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS), a general-purpose detector with a physics program ranging from studying the Standard Model (including the Higgs boson) to searching for extra dimensions and particles that could make up dark matter.
In 2017, Noonan, pictured, was recognized with the CMS Detector award for his leading role in the Phase-1 upgrade of the Hadronic Forward detector.
According to CERN, which operates the Large Hadron Collider, the Distinguished Researchers are accomplished individuals at different stages of their career. This program will provide resources to help strengthen and expand their research programs, with funding made possible by the CMS Center at Fermilab and a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Noonan said that as a Distinguished Researcher, he plans to work on measurements of the top quark and upgrade of another detector.