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Fort Collins, CO

Date Appointed

Appointed by

Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Dr. Robert Wilson is a professor of experimental high energy physics at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

He was the regional leader of the Henderson, Colorado bid to host a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory solicited by the National Science Foundation (NSF), one of two finalists along with the Homestake, South Dakota proposal. He later joined the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE) collaboration that had selected Homestake as the location of the massive underground detector for the experiment.  In 2012 he was elected LBNE co-leader and helped to build the collaboration to more than 550 scientists and engineers from 80 institutions in 9 countries. As a member of the Fermilab  Interim International Executive Board he assisted in the transition of LBNE into the  current Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and the Fermilab hosted Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility.  He is dedicated to making the Sanford Underground Research Facility a world-class center for science and education.

Wilson has received research funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science for more than 20 years and contributed to more than 500 refereed scientific and technical publications.

Wilson earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of London in England and his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He received post doctoral training at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in the research group founded by Nobel laureate Burton Richter and held a faculty appointment at Boston University before moving back west to help establish a new research group at Colorado State University. He is married and has two sons.