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Brenda L. Dingus

Brenda Dingus

Phone (505) 667-0400


  • Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology
  • Particle Physics
  • Astrophysics
  • High-energy physics (HEP)
  • Weakly interacting massive particles (WIMP)
  • Gamma ray bursts (GRB)
  • Particle astrophysics
  • Dark matter


Dr. Brenda Dingus is the Principal Investigator of the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) TeV gamma-ray observatory for the DOE High Energy Physics program.  She was the first US Spokesperson of HAWC from 2010-2014 and was the Deputy Project Manager during construction from 2011-2015.  She is now the Operations manager.  HAWC is the most sensitive, wide field of view,TeV gamma-ray and cosmic-ray detector and the science goals of HAWC include searching for evidence of new physics in the TeV sky, such as gamma-rays from the annihilation or decay of dark matter.

Dr. Dingus is a Fellow at the Lab and a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and was a winner of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2000.  Prior to coming to Los Alamos in 2002 she was a tenured professor first at the University of Utah and then at the University of Wisconsin.  She has served on various advisory committees, such as the NASA Astrophysics Subcommittee, and has been elected as a member of the executive committees of the Division of Astrophysics of the APS and the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society.

More details are given in a short version of her CV which is linked below.

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