Physics major alumna contributes to major discovery in her field

When Sarah Eno ’84 boarded a plane to Greece with the Gettysburg College classics department as an undergraduate over 25 years ago, she had no idea that one day she would be traveling to Europe on a monthly basis as part of her career.

Eno, now a physics professor at the University of Maryland, has been involved in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment that discovered what many scientists believe to be the Higgs boson, the particle thought to give all matter its mass. The CMS experiment is based at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), located just outside Geneva, Switzerland.

While her trip to Greece as an undergraduate was her first experience in Europe, she now plays a significant role in the global scientific community. Eno (pictured below, at the European Organization for Nuclear Research) began working on the experiment at the LHC in 1999 and expects to remain involved as the project further develops. When the media erupted in coverage of the monumental Higgs boson discovery earlier this year, she was right in the middle of the action.

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