"High Energy Physics at DOE: Spotlight on the Neutrino Research Program and Quantum Information Science," by Altaf H. Carim

Altaf Carim


The Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science (SC) is the United States' largest funder of fundamental research in physical sciences.  This talk will summarize activities in and supported by the Office of High Energy Physics (HEP) within DOE-SC, a program that spans a wide range of topics and includes efforts ranging across a number of facilities, small to very large projects, individual and group experimental efforts, theory and computation, and instrument development and stewardship.  The HEP mission, science drivers, strategy, organization, budget, and outlook will be covered.  Two efforts in particular will be highlighted: neutrino research, for which the US is hosting a major and fundamentally international effort to advance the frontiers in this critical area of modern physics, and quantum information science, which is part of a broader effort involving significant new opportunities and resources across DOE-SC and numerous other Federal agencies.


Dr. Altaf H. (Tof) Carim covers a range of programmatic, planning, and policy topics for the Office of High Energy Physics (HEP) and the Office of Science (SC), including international interactions and agreements and quantum information science.

He returned to DOE and joined HEP in April 2017 after nearly six years on detail at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where he was Assistant Director for Research Infrastructure from 2014 to 2017 and Assistant Director for Nanotechnology from 2011 to 2014. He served as the co-chair or White House liaison for a number of National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) subgroups, including the Interagency Working Group on Quantum Information Science, the Subcommittee on Physical Sciences, the Subcommittee on Critical and Strategic Mineral Supply Chains, and the Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology, and was involved in a variety of other materials, energy, facilities, space, and broad science policy issues at OSTP.

At DOE/SC from 2001-2011, Dr. Carim was in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, with responsibilities including leading the original management team for the Energy Frontier Research Center collaborations, overseeing construction and operations of Nanoscale Science Research Centers and other user facilities, and managing grant and national laboratory programs in the structure and composition of materials.  Previously, Dr. Carim served for over a decade on the faculty at The Pennsylvania State University and had research posts and activities at the University of New Mexico, Philips Natuurkundig Laboratorium in The Netherlands, Philips Research Laboratories Sunnyvale, Bell Laboratories, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington.  He received his Ph.D. and M.S. at Stanford University and S.B. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in Materials Science and Engineering.  He has authored or coauthored over 85 research publications, primarily in microstructural and microchemical characterization of materials, and delivered more than 200 presentations on science, technology, policy, and Federal programs.  His awards and honors include recognition as an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator, receipt of an AIST Foreign Researcher Invitation to lecture in Japan, and participation in project teams recognized with several of the Secretary of Energy's Project Management Excellence Awards.

Join ND Energy and Notre Dame Research for a reception at 10:00 a.m. to meet Dr. Carim prior to his lecture at 10:30 a.m. in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune Student Center.

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Sponsored by Notre Dame Research and ND Energy.

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