Dr. Akhtar Mahmood

Vice President for Research and Innovation

Dr. Akhtar Mahmood serves as CRID’s Vice President for Research and Innovation. He is also a Professor of Physics at Bellarmine and is the Director of the National Science Foundation funded Center for Supercomputing and Visualization. Additionally, he is also the founding Director of the Eureka Learning Community for the STEM students and established the Robotics Lab at Bellarmine University.

Dr. Mahmood obtained his BSc. in Computer Science from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the State University of New York in 1998. His research interests are in Robotics, High Energy Physics, Grid Computing, Big Data Analytics and Data Science. He has co-authored over 300 peer-revised research publications since 1995 and has received over $2.0 million in research funding for various research projects. From 2009 – 2012 he served as the President of the Kentucky Association of Physics Teachers (KAPT) and from 2009 – 2013, he served as the Physics and Astronomy Section Chair of the Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS). He was featured among the 20 People to Know in Education and Workforce Development by the Louisville Business Journal in 2017. He is serving as a member on the Kentucky Academy of Science’s Committee on STEM Education, NASA’s Kentucky Space Grant Consortium (KSGC), and the Open Science Grid (OSG).

He is currently a member of the LSST (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope) project. He has worked at the world-renowned ATLAS collaboration at CERN and was part of research team that discovered the Higgs boson (the subatomic particle that gives mass to everything in the universe). The discovery of the Higgs boson was hailed as the 2012 Breakthrough of the Year and is regarded as one of the major scientific discoveries of this century! He was also part of the NASA’s SimLite Exoplanet mission project at the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) at Caltech.
Previously, he conducted his research work at the CLEO experiment at the CESR (Cornell Electron Storage Ring) accelerator facility and the BABAR experiment at SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center). In the late 1990s, his research work at CESR led to the discovery of eight new subatomic particles, known as Charmed Baryons. He has served as a proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, Kentucky NASA-EPSCoR and KSGC programs, Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) Grant Program, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Faculty Professional Development Council (FPDC) Program, and State of Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund (BoRSF).