Aaron Dominguez


  • Physics
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • High Energy Physics; Particle Physics; Faith and Science; Liberal Arts; University Administration
  • Aaron Dominguez is the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and an ordinary professor of physics at The Catholic University of America. His main area of research is in using particle colliders to search for new physics, including the recently discovered Higgs boson.  His area of expertise is in instrumentation — designing, building and using silicon charged particle trackers as precision tools to reconstruct the complicated interactions taking place in these collisions.

    He received his undergraduate degrees from Whitman College and Caltech, his Ph.D. in physics from UC San Diego and was a postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  In 2005, he was the recipient of the NSF CAREER award. He has played numerous leadership positions in the L3, CDF and CMS particle physics experiments at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland and Fermilab in Chicago.  Specifically, he is currently deputy project leader for the upgrades of CMS, and is the principal investigator of an NSF project that is funding the U.S. efforts of nine universities to improve the silicon pixel detector, hadron calorimeter and trigger in preparation for high luminosity runs of the LHC in coming years.   He has mentored seven postdoctoral researchers, three graduate students to completion, three currently in progress, and numerous undergraduates. He sits on several advisory boards, including QuarkNet, and is an author on more than 1,100 papers in experimental high energy physics and instrumentation.

    As the dean of the School of Arts and Science, Dr. Dominguez leads 18 departments and seven interdisciplinary programs in the arts, humanities and natural sciences at the University. He aims to change the course of students’ lives and propel them toward a meaningful future. Dean Dominguez’ mission, together with faculty, students and staff from all faith backgrounds, is to raise the School of Arts and Sciences as a strong voice in the conscience of higher education. He is actively recruiting faculty and other leaders who will carry the research and Catholic missions forward together, building cutting-edge laboratories and facilities, and establishing institutions to serve humankind through Catholic social doctrine.