Four from MIT named American Physical Society Fellows for 2019

Matthew Evans, Joseph Formaggio, Markus Klute, and Anne White are named MIT’s newest APS fellows for their contributions to physics.

Four members of the MIT community have been elected fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) for 2019. The APS fellowship was created in 1921 for those in the physics community to recognize peers who have contributed to advances in physics through original research, innovative applications, teaching, and leadership.

Matthew Evans is a professor of physics, a member of the MIT Kavli Institute of Astrophysics and Space Research, and a member of the MIT Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) research group. Evans was nominated by APS’ Division of Gravitational Physics for his “critical contributions to the development of advanced gravitational-wave detectors, as well as for developing techniques to enable further improvements in detector sensitivity, and for leading community efforts to design future large-scale ground-based detectors.”

Joseph A. Formaggio is a professor of physics and a member of the Laboratory of Nuclear Science. Formaggio was nominated by APS’ Division of Nuclear Physics for his “leadership in the pursuit of neutrino masses determination, and for developing novel technologies to attack the problem of direct detection.”

Markus Klute is a professor of physics and member of the Laboratory of Nuclear Science. Klute was nominated by APS’ Division of Particles and Fields for his “work establishing the coupling of the Higgs boson to tau leptons, and for establishing the physics case for colliders beyond the Large Hadron Collider, including the High Luminosity LHC.”

Anne White is a professor and head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Nominated by the APS’ Division of Plasma Physics, White was cited for her “outstanding contributions and leadership in understanding turbulent electron heat transport in magnetically confined fusion plasmas via diagnostic development, novel experimentation, and validation of nonlinear gyrokinetic codes.”