Regina M Caputo

Regina M Caputo

  • Research AST, Fields and Particles
  • 301.286.0072
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 661
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Originally from the southern Colorado town of Pueblo, I attended the Colorado School of Mines and graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in Engineering Physics and minor in Math/Computer Science.

    I received my Ph. D. from Stony Brook University in 2011 in particle physics using data from the ATLAS experiment at CERN.

    After graduating, I joined the ATLAS group at the Universit├Ąt Mainz as a Postdoctoral Researcher working on numerous data analyses, detector operations and upgrades. In 2014, I moved to the University of California Santa Cruz where I joined the Fermi-LAT collaboration. Thus started my work in the exciting world of gamma-ray astrophysics!

    I became a research scientist at the University of Maryland working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 2017 and in 2018 I was hired as a Civil Servant Scientist at GSFC.

    I'm interested in dark matter searches, searches for new physics and all the astrophysics one must understand before discovering something new. 

    I am currently the PI of AstroPix: Silicon Pixel detectors in space, the Swift Observatory Project scientist and the ComPair balloon project manager. 

    Research Interests

    Particle Astrophysics

    My research interests lie in understanding the particle nature of the universe, including the major component of matter: Dark matter. 

    I've searched WIMP dark matter with the direct detection CDMS experiment, the collider-based ATLAS experiment, and most recently the gamma-ray detecting Fermi-LAT. 

    Joining the Fermi-LAT Collaboration has also opened up the opportunity to study different areas of particle astrophysics, such as active galactic nuclei, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts. 

    Next Generation gamma-ray instruments

    Developing new technologies for future gamma-ray instruments

    Current Projects

    Gamma-ray Missions

    Fermi Large Area Telescope

    Swift

    BurstCube

    ComPair (Balloon prototype for AMEGO)

    AMEGO: All-sky Medium Energy Gamma-ray Observatory

     

    Positions/Employment

    9/2018 - Present

    Research Astrophysicist

    NASA, GSFC

    Education

    • Ph. D. Experimental Particle Physics, 2011
      Stony Brook University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook, NY
    • B.S. Engineering Physics, 2006
      Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

    Professional Service

    PANELS

    • Fermi Guest Investigator Review, Cycle 10
    • TESS Guest Investigator Review, Cycle 1 & 2(chair)

    PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

    • Swift Observatory Project Scientist: October 2019 – present
    • Project Manager, ComPair balloon: July 2019 – present
    • Analysis Coordinator, Fermi–LAT Collaboration: March 2017 – March 2019
    • Si-Tracker Subsystem and Simulation Co-Coordinator, AMEGO and ComPair Team: October 2015 – present
    • Calibration and Analysis Science Coordinator, Fermi–LAT Collaboration: September 2015 – April 2017
    • SCIPP Seminar Organizing Committee, UCSC: September 2014 – July 2016
    • Local Organizing Committee Member for the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP), UCSC: January 2015
    • Trigger Menu Coordination Group, ATLAS Collaboration: July 2013 – May 2014
    • Level-1 Trigger On-Call Trigger Expert, ATLAS Collaboration: January 2012 – May 2013

     

    Awards

    Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellow (2018)

    Grants

    12/01/2019 - 12/01/2022 Silicon pixel detectors for gamma-ray astrophysics: AstroPix, Astrophysics Research and Analysis (APRA)
    Principal investigator
    10/01/2015 A Conclusive View on Pair Halo Detection and the Inferred Intergalactic Magnetic Field Constraints, Fermi Guest Investigator Cycle 8 Grant
    Principle Investigator
    Grant Amount: $52,000
    09/01/2017 Proving the TBL with Pair-Halo Fermi Data, Fermi Guest Investigator Cycle 10 Grant
    Co-Investigator
    Grant Amount: $50,000
    09/01/2019 Detecting gamma-ray Halos around PWNE and Interpretation of the positron excess, Fermi Guest Investigator Cycle 12 Grant
    Co-Investigator
    Grant Amount: $50,000

    Brief Bio

    Originally from the southern Colorado town of Pueblo, I attended the Colorado School of Mines and graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in Engineering Physics and minor in Math/Computer Science.

    I received my Ph. D. from Stony Brook University in 2011 in particle physics using data from the ATLAS experiment at CERN.

    After graduating, I joined the ATLAS group at the Universit├Ąt Mainz as a Postdoctoral Researcher working on numerous data analyses, detector operations and upgrades. In 2014, I moved to the University of California Santa Cruz where I joined the Fermi-LAT collaboration. Thus started my work in the exciting world of gamma-ray astrophysics!

    I became a research scientist at the University of Maryland working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 2017 and in 2018 I was hired as a Civil Servant Scientist at GSFC.

    I'm interested in dark matter searches, searches for new physics and all the astrophysics one must understand before discovering something new. 

    I am currently the PI of AstroPix: Silicon Pixel detectors in space, the Swift Observatory Project scientist and the ComPair balloon project manager. 

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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