Prof. Dr. Peter NugentSenior Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Nugent received B.A. from Bowdoin College in 1990 followed by a MS and PhD in Physics from the University of Oklahoma in 1997. Nugent came to Berkeley in 1996 to work with Saul Perlmutter's Supernova Cosmology Project in the Physics division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where the group made the first measurements of the accelerating universe (which led to the Nobel prize in physics in 2011). He then moved to the Computational Research division in 2000 and is currently a Senior Staff Scientist and the Group Lead for LBNL's Computational Cosmology Center as well as the Team Lead for the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center's Analytics program. In 2010, Nugent became an Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at UC Berkeley. This past year he made the discovery of the closet and brightest Type Ia Supernova in the past 40 years and is actively working on the wide variety of science that can be carried out given this discovery.