Oliver Gutsche Scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

PhD in High Energy Particle Physics and member of the CMS collaboration

CMS is short for Compact Muon Solenoid and is one of the 4 experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) In Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC is the currently most powerful particle accelerator in the world. CMS is a multi-purpose detector built to explore the fundamental structure of the universe. In 2012, the first data taking period concluded. Highlight amongst the over 300 CMS publications was the discovery of the Higgs Boson, sought for by physicist for almost 50 years. The LHC will resume data taking in 2015 with a significantly increased energy, giving access to explore even more secrets of the universe as before.

My research interests are to explore the fundamental building blocks of the universe. I am engaged in precision measurements that probe the accuracy and correctness of our current understanding of the universe described by a single theory construct, the Standard Model. I am also interested in searching for the unknown, the physics beyond the current understanding. This Beyond-the-Standard-Model physics can manifest itself in various ways, and theories exist like Super Symmetry that fix shortcomings of the Standard Model. I am interested in the search for these phenomenons that also could lead to a better understanding of Dark Matter and the composition of the universe.

Assistant Head of the Fermilab Scientific Computing Division for Science Workflows and Operations

The Scientific Computing Division supports all aspects of the mission of the laboratory and help maximize the scientific output of the Fermilab program. It serves our User Community and provides the facilities, technologies and software solutions needed for their science. We provide excellent and efficient facilities, computing services and solutions that move the laboratory forward, investigate emerging technologies and be prepared to take advantage of them when they mature.

We established 3 high-level, cross-cutting, activity areas across the Scientific Computing Division (SCD) to provide a common framework and “ecosystem” of tools and services for planning and providing support for all experiments:

Development, Integration and Research
develop and support the software “products” and architecture for the Facility, make them available to the community.
Scientific Facility
providing and managing resources and services for data storage, data processing and data analysis
Science Operations and Workflows
developing, configuring, and operating the actual applications for projects and experiments, utilizing the services provided by the facility

I am responsible for Science Workflows and Operations, coordinating the efforts of the Fermilab Scientific Computing Division, working together with the divisions to enable our science community to use large scale computing facilities a Fermilab and elsewhere to extract physics results in the most efficient and easy way for the researcher and the division.