Denver Whittington
Syracuse University, United States

I enjoy working on challenging things. That’s why physics was my favorite back in high school and undergrad; no other subject is quite like it. And that’s what I enjoy most about my work on DUNE as well. I work on the photon detection system, and there are lots of subtleties when operating such a system in liquid argon at minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit. You need to find creative solutions to surprising challenges. I also appreciate the variety of experiences my path in physics has offered. For instance, I had the opportunity to live abroad while doing research at CERN during graduate school. Having grown up in central Indiana it was a bit of culture shock but a great experience. I particularly loved the culinary adventures in Europe. Now I’m a recently-hired faculty at Syracuse University and I’m sharing new adventures with my wife and our 2-year-old daughter.