Pushpa Bhat receives distinguished scientist distinction

Pushpalatha Bhat. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Fermilab scientist Pushpa Bhat has received the title of Distinguished Scientist. She was notified of the distinction by Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer.

“It is my great pleasure to inform you that you have been promoted to Distinguished Scientist,” said Lockyer. “It is an honor to receive such a promotion and well deserved. The process relies heavily upon experts in our field from around the world, which ensures both the integrity of the distinction and the exceptional caliber of the scientists who receive it.”

The Fermilab Distinguished Scientist appointment is an exceptional category outside of the regular scientist career track and a special recognition of international scientific stature and accomplishment. The citation associated with the distinction reads, “Pushpa Bhat is recognized for playing central role in developing techniques based on multivariate analysis, which led to discoveries by D0 of single top at the Tevatron, and for her tireless efforts for the future of our field.”

Bhat has played several important roles on CMS and DZero experiments. She is widely recognized for her pioneering leadership in the applications of multivariate and machine-learning methods in top quark and Higgs boson physics and new particle searches. She led the Run II upgrades of the Tevatron accelerator complex during its most critical years as project manager and head, contributing to the success of the collider program.

Congratulations to Pushpa on this noteworthy distinction.