The Purdue University board of trustees on Friday (July 10) ratified the appointment of Daniela Bortoletto as Distinguished Professor of Physics.
Bortoletto is an international leader in the study of elemental particles and the forces that govern their interactions. She was a co-discoverer of the top quark, a fundamental building block of nature, which is nearly 200 times heavier than a proton. She is an expert on the design of silicon detectors and has led the development of powerful new detectors for particle physics experiments, including the CMS experiment for the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.
Bortoletto has received numerous awards for her work, including the Alfred P. Sloan fellowship. She is a member of various national and international committees and panels. These include advisory panels for the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation that recommends plans and directions for the future of particle physics in the United States. At Purdue, Bortoletto initiated the society of Women in Physics and serves as the undergraduate group's adviser.
Bortoletto earned her undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Pavia in Italy and her master's and doctoral degrees from Syracuse University. She first joined Purdue as a postdoctoral research associate in 1989.