U.S. Department of Energy

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

David M. Asner

PNNL Laboratory Fellow
Dr. David Asner
Dr. David M. Asner

Dr. David Asner is the Chief Scientist for Particle Physics and is leading the nascent PNNL high energy physics effort that is now making contributions to all three frontiers of particle physics - cosmic, intensity and energy - by leveraging the multiple and diverse capabilities of the laboratory. Dr. Asner's experience includes conducting a broad research program on current and future high energy physics experiments at both electron and proton accelerators. He served as the Spokesperson of the CLEO experiment at Cornell University from 2007-2010. Currently, he serves as Chief Scientist for the DOE US Belle II Project, Fundamental Physics Lead for the Ultra-sensitive Nuclear Measurements Initiative, Group Manager for Radiation Detection and Nuclear Sciences, and is the Laboratory Research Manager for High Energy Physics.

Dr. Asner's work in high energy physics has been focused on understanding the fundamental properties of matter where his work has been to uncover the nature of the physics governing the smallest constituents of matter, quarks, and how they create the observed world. As an experimentalist, Dr. Asner's career has been focused on the design, building, execution, and analysis of high energy physics experiments that recreate the conditions found in the first fraction of a second after the creation of the universe from the big bang. This work seeks to understand the physics in these extreme environments which hold promise to explain the matter - antimatter asymmetry observed in the universe today, the workings of the fundamental forces, the origin of mass, and physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics.

Dr. Asner received his B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Waterloo in 1991. In 1994, he obtained his M.S. in Physics at the University of California San Diego and in 2000 he earned his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Following a post-doctoral position, Dr. Asner was promoted to staff scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in 2002. After a brief period as a Research Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh, he joined the Department of Physics at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, in 2005. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2010. Dr. Asner joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in June 2010 and was promoted to Laboratory Fellow in 2013.

Dr. Asner authored or co-authored more than 400 scientific publications in refereed journals on subject matter including matter/anti-matter oscillations, quantum interference of exotic states of matter, and studies to elucidate the nature of the recently discovered Higgs boson. He delivered more than 100 presentations at universities and conferences in the last decade.

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