Brian Beckford earned his Bachelor's of Science and Master in Physics at Florida International University. Dr. Beckford later earned a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Tohoku University in 2013. His research interests are strangeness nuclear physics, rare decays, physics beyond the standard model, and instrumentation.
Dr. Beckford served as the APS Bridge Program Project Manager in the Education and Diversity Department at the American Physical Society (APS) in College Park, Maryland. He is presently an Assistant Professor/President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan. He works on the KOTO experiment, which is designed to measure the rare CP violating decay of a neutral long-lived kaon into a neutral pion and a neutrino anti-neutrino pair and provide a deeper understanding about why we live in a matter dominant universe.