Maria Spiropulu

Candidate for Vice-Chair

Short biography

Maria SpiropuluMaria Spiropulu is a Professor of Physics at Caltech and an experimental physicist. She has been researching elementary particles and their interactions in the past 20 years at Fermilab’s Tevatron and CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Spiropulu used, for the first time, the double blind data analysis method in searches for supersymmetry at the Tevatron. She has been pioneering alternative ‘new physics’ search analyses platforms and is inspired by making connections and drawing ideas from other areas of modern science. Her research interests include searches for dark matter in colliders, global analysis of particle/astro-particle observations in exploration of the nature of dark matter, characterization of the recently discovered boson at the LHC, look-alike model separation, multi-model inference methods in particle physics, big data analysis, complex intelligence computational methods, new accelerator technologies, and multiple application detector R&D. In 2009 she was named a Fellow of the AAAS “for her leadership in experimental high-energy physics, in particular for her pioneering efforts in the experimental search for supersymmetry and extra dimensions.”

Candidate Statement

Science is one of the few truly international activities; it knows no geographical limitations since the pursue of knowledge of nature is a trait of all nations and peoples. Scientific exchanges and communication play a sizable part — larger than the small number of scientists involved — in determining the intellectual climate of opinion in one country in regard to another. Implications of international scientific interaction and cooperation can be found in the past over 70 years, in the data on the funding, manpower and publication yields of all physics disciplines across the world and the influences in thinking as a result of international activities and exchanges both in theory and in experiment. The accelerated pace of physics research and technological progress, due to the massive computing and information highways that render the world an omniconnected network of knowledge, imply that the communication of physicists internationally is the prerequisite for achieving the ambitious scientific and technology goals across all disciplines. Personally, for over 20 years I have experienced the physics research in the framework of international collaboration. As an FIP officer I commit to continue fostering international exchanges in physics as a mechanism to build more knowledge- and innovation-based societies globally.