October 13, 2016

Aaron Dominguez, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) this month for his physics research pertaining to particles and fields. The fellowship honors those who have made exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise through outstanding research, important applications, leadership or service, or contributions to physics education.

Aaron DominguezAccording to a letter from Homer A. Neal, APS president, Dominguez was chosen for the fellowship because of his “leading contributions to measurements of B hadrom properties for top quark physics, and for the search and discovery of the Higgs boson, as well as leadership in the design, construction, and use of silicon tracking detectors at the Large Electron-Positron Collider, the Tevatron Collider, and the Large Hadron Collider.”

The number of APS fellows awarded each year is limited to no more than one-half of 1 percent of its 53,000-person membership. Dominguez was selected for the fellowship by the APS Council of Representatives at its  September 2016 meeting.

"I am thankful and humbled by this,” said Dominguez. “I find myself thinking of all those who have helped me along the way, especially those who have sacrificed so that I could be here."

“This fellowship is a great reflection of the scientific expertise Dominguez brings to Catholic University in his role as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences,” said Andrew Abela, University provost. “We believe the same research and leadership skills that helped him excel in the world of physics will help the school attain new levels of academic excellence.”