Outstanding Alumni Award 2013
- 1992 B.S., University of Kentucky
- 1998 Ph.D., Purdue University
Dr. Kara Hoffman was raised in Lexington, KY and received her B.S. degree in physics from the University of Kentucky in 1992. Under the direction of Professor Daniela Bortoletto, she completed her doctoral research on searches for new particles at the Collider Detector at Fermilab in 1998. She then moved to Geneva, Switzerland as a fellow at CERN where she worked on the OPAL experiment at the Large Electron Positron Collider. She returned to the U.S. as a research associate at the University of Chicago. In 2004, she left Chicago to commence a tenure track position at the University of Maryland, where her research has focused on high energy neutrino astrophysics. She was granted tenure in 2010 and currently serves as the director of the Center for Experimental Particle Physics at the University of Maryland.