Purdue Cal’s Parashar is Part of Global Team that Made ‘History!’


Neeti Parashar ProfileWhen describing the Higgs-Boson particle – the so-called “God particle” –  that revolutionized world science,  Neeti Parashar, Ph.D., Professor, Physics at Purdue University Calumet, said being a member of a global team of thousands of scientists who contributed to this discovery made “history.” This proved the particle exists which helps explain the origins of the universe, and led to the 2013 Nobel Prize being awarded to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert. The discovery was announced on July 4, 2012 at the huge collider in CERN, culminating for Dr. Parashar 17 years of research at Tier 1 institutions.  She had worked at NortheasternUniversity, Boston; LouisianaTechUniversity; and at PurdueCal, doing her research while carrying a full load as a faculty member. In addition to visiting CERN, she and her team also did federally funded research at the Fermilab outside of Chicago. She added that her most important contributions came during her seven years here. She led a team of Purdue post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, including at least one student who joined her in Switzerland to visit the collider where the discovery took place in a five-story underground facility. She and her team worked on the pixel detector where a massive collision of subatomic particles produced 8 trillion volts of electricity. Today, her work continues, updating the collider to find more Higgs particles, as well as teaching three classes and two labs. “I am proud that Purdue Calumet is on the world’s map as one of 200 institutions involved in this historic research.”

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