me

Assistant Professor

University of Colorado, Boulder

Address:    Department of Physics
390 UCB
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0390
Office: Duane Physics F323
(1) 303 492 8162
CERN: bat. 32/3-A19
+41 22 767 01 02
E-mail: keith.ulmer@colorado.edu

Bio

I joined the faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Department of Physics in the fall of 2017. Previously, I was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University, and before that was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder, where I also obtained my Ph.D. in 2007. My undergraduate degree is from Amherst College. I live with my wife, son, and daughter.

Research

I pursue research in experimental elementary particle physics, which explores the fundamental constituents of matter and their interactions. I work on the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. At CMS, we record the results of very high energy proton-proton collisions provided by the LHC, which are analyzed to study fundamental interactions.

My current effort is focused on searches for evidence of physics beyond the standard model of particle physics motivated by a potential new symmetry of nature known as supersymmetry, which may help explain such fundamental questions as the nature of dark matter and the origin of electroweak symmetry breaking.

My research group is active in analysis of current 13 TeV LHC data as well as research and development for future upgrades of the CMS detector. The group currently consists of postdoctoral research associate Dr. Alexx Perloff, graduate students Emily MacDonald, Claire Savard, and Noah Zipper, and electrical engineer Robert Glein. I am always looking for talented and enthusiastic new members of the group. Please contact me if you'd like to discuss possible opportunities to contribute.

Current Projects

Previous Projects

Teaching

Starting in 2018, I have taught a range of physics classes at the University of Colorado Boulder, including PHYS 2210 a sophomore-level course in Newtonian mechanics, PHYS 4420 an advanced undergradue course in Nuclear and Particle Physics, and PHYS 2150 a modern physics laboratory course. In 2020, I received the CU Department of Physics teacher of the year award in part for development of python-based computing exercises in particle physics based on CMS open data.

From 2015-2017 I taught Physics 218 at Texas A\&M University, the first semester introductory course in Newtonian Mechanics. In Fall 2015, I was very happy to have several of my 218 students named as Pearson Mechanics Scholars!

In Spring 2017 I helped start a program to utilize undergraduate learning assistants in the Physics 218 recitation sections, which was featured in an article in the Texas A&M College of Science website.

Awards

Professional Service

Conference and Invited Talks

Publications

The list below represents papers to which I made significant personal contributions. My full publication list can be found in INSPIRE.

Outreach and Popular Media