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Biographical Sketch

Biographical Information

You are invited to read below and click on the links to the left to learn more about my teaching and research interests.

I received a B.S. degree in physics from Butler University in Indianapolis in May 1998. The degree of Ph.D. was conferred on me by the University of California at Santa Barbara in December 2007. My thesis advisor at UCSB was Dr. Harry Nelson. My education continued as a postdoctoral scholar at UCSB. In 2010, I joined Dr. Rupak Mahapatra at Texas A&M University as a postdoc. In 2013, I joined the University of South Dakota as a professor.

I am interested in finding evidence of new physics. Towards that end, I am a primary investigator on the SuperCDMS collaboration looking to directly detect dark matter. I am also working on developing new detection techniques for the next generation of rare event searches.

Joel Sander

Joel Sander
Office: Akeley 103
Tel: (605) 677-3966

Professional Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota (2013-present)
  • Mitchell Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Texas A&M University (2013)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Texas A&M University (2010-2013)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California at Santa Barbara (2008-2010)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara (Dec. 2007)
  • Bachelor of Science (Physics with a Math minor), Butler University (May 1998)

Professional Links

Here's a link to my Curriculum vitae.

University of South Dakota  -  www.usd.edu/physics
Vermillion, SD 57069  |  (605) 677-5649  |  Fax (605) 677-6121

A top-down view of 3 of 5 towers of detectors installed in the Soudan Underground Lab. Detectors (cold electronics) are located below (above) the copper hexagonal plating.