The American Physical Society has elected Professor Patrick Huber of the Virginia Tech Department of Physics as a 2019 Fellow.

The fellowship program recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions to physics research, the applications of physics, leadership in or service to the field, or significant contributions to physics education, according to the society’s website. Each year, no more than one half of 1 percent of the society membership is recognized as a Fellow. Huber is one of 168 physicists to be recognized in 2019.

Huber, a member of the Virginia Tech College of Science faculty, was honored for his “helping shape the U.S. and global experimental neutrino oscillation program through contributions to the phenomenology of long-baseline neutrino oscillations and the development of the GLoBES software package and for seminal work on reactor neutrino science and its use in nuclear security.”

Huber recently was honored with a Roger Moore and Mojdeh Khatam-Moore Faculty Fellowship by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Since joining Virginia Tech in 2008, he has helped build the college’s neutrino physics program, both in basic science and in global and national security. He is director of the Center for Neutrino Physics and has served as chair of the Department of Physics and director of the Integrated Security Education and Research Center from 2017 to 2019. His research has received more than $2 million in federal funding. His other awards include the Fermilab Distinguished Scholarship and the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, both in 2016.

Huber brings to five the total number of current Department of Physics faculty who are American Physical Society Fellows. The others are Leo Piilonen, Michel Pleimling, Uwe Tauber, and Bruce Vogelaar.

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