November 13, 2023


Provost Aaron Dominguez was a guest on the Nov. 2 episode of Purposeful Lab, a Magis Center podcast exploring purpose in the universe and human life.

Dominguez, a professor of physics, discussed particle colliders and the quest for new physics. His research specializes in using particle colliders to search for new physics, including the Higgs boson. The Department of Energy describes it as “the fundamental particle associated with the Higgs field, a field that gives mass to other fundamental particles such as electrons and quarks.”

During the podcast, Dominguez explored how there is a human and Catholic call to explore science.  

“We’re made in a way to make sense of the universe,” Dominguez said.

His area of expertise is in instrumentation — designing, building, and using silicon-charged particle trackers as precision tools to reconstruct complicated interactions taking place in collisions.

All of these accomplishments, he said, were rooted in decades-old dreams.

“Being a physicist was what I wanted to do since I was a little boy,” Dominguez said. 

Purposeful Lab is co-hosted by biologist Dan Kuebler and journalist Catherine Hadro and discusses issues that impact the understanding of God, the cosmos, and humanity.

Listen to the Purposeful Lab episode and learn more about the provost’s career.