Aaron Dominguez


Aaron Dominguez Ph.D. Physics, University of California, San Diego
M.S. Physics, University of California, San Diego
B.A. Math-Physics, Whitman College
B.S. Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology


Aaron Dominguez is Provost and Ordinary Professor of Physics at the Catholic University of America.

Prior to joining Catholic University, Dominguez was Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Associate Dean of Research and Global Engagement at the University of Nebraska, and a postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Dominguez’ main area of research is in using particle colliders to search for new discoveries in 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.

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. Most recently, he was deputy project leader for the upgrades of CMS, and is the principal investigator of an NSF project that supported U.S. universities by upgrading the silicon pixel detector, hadron calorimeter and trigger in preparation for high luminosity runs of the LHC in coming years. He sits on several advisory boards and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Dominguez is a member of the National Science Board’s class of 2020-2026.