Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker | Dr. Herman B. White, Jr.

Through his long and prestigious career, Dr. Herman B. White, Jr. has been associated with physics departments at Yale University, Michigan State University, North Central College and Florida State University, from which he received his Ph.D.

A prolific scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory for over four decades, Dr. White has been honored for his contributions to one of his recent research efforts, the KTeV experiment, and the establishment of a new kind of interaction distinguishing matter from antimatter, as well as his outstanding public service and mentorship roles. As a dedicated mentor, he has been instrumental in providing opportunities each year for small groups of undergraduate students from around the country to participate in the historic Fermilab Summer Program since 1974, inspiring over 600 young minds during that period.

Committed to improving the education of people throughout the world, Dr. White serves on the international advisory committee and faculty of the African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications and, since 1998, on the board of the nonprofit Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Science in Chicago, as well as adjunct professor of physics for 22 years and member of the Board of Trustees at North Central College since 1999. He served on a number of the American Physical Society (APS) committees, as well as leadership roles on advisory panels for the National Science Foundation and the U.S. National Academies, including serving as a member of the United States Department of Energy High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, advising government leaders on the priority of funding physics research.

Dr. White was selected to American Men and Women of Science in 1978, a recipient of the APS Edward A. Bouchet Award in 2010, and honored as an outstanding alumnus of Earlham College in 2015.