Ghost Hunters: Solving the Mysteries of the Neutrino
Sep 20, 2018
Dr. Michael Cooke
Ghost Hunters: Solving the Mysteries of the Neutrino

Dr. Michael Cooke is the Program Manager for Strategic Planning and Communications in the Office of High Energy Physics at the US Department of Energy's Office of Science.  His work includes sharing the excitement of particle physics with audiences from key decision makers to the general public.  Michael was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy from 2013 to 2015.

Before moving to the DC area, Michael worked at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, IL, where he helped search for the Higgs Boson, a particle discovered in 2012.  In addition to his research, Michael contributed to many activities to advance STEM education, especially for K-12 students, and earned the 2010 Director's Award for Exceptional Volunteer Service.  As part of his outreach efforts, Michael created demonstration equipment and wrote biweekly articles for the general public that summarized recent Fermilab research results.  He served as an elected member of the Fermilab Users Executive Committee, through which he helped communicate the important benefits to society that arise from fundamental research. 

Michael earned his Ph.D. in experimental high-energy particle physics in 2008 from Rice University in Houston, TX, by making precision measurements of the interactions between fundamental particles.  He earned a B.S. in physics in 2001 from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.  Michael grew up and attended high school in Baltimore, MD.

Michael is an Eagle Scout and a Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 492, chartered by the Rockville Rotary Club.