Brian Nord received his PhD in physics at the University of Michigan and now works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, focusing on strong gravitational lensing in the Dark Energy Survey (DES). He is also interested in cosmological survey design through end-to-end simulations, galaxy clusters structure, and spectroscopic analyses of many phenomena, such as Milky Way satellites. A few times per year, he travels to Chile to observe for DES on the Blanco Telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, or to follow up gravitational lenses at Gemini South.
He likes to pull in techniques, ideas and ways of thinking from multiple fields to tackle hard problems. Moreover, Nord embraces diverse perspectives: science is a human endeavor, and it's critical we appreciate the role that each of us plays in re-imagining our future together.
Nord also frequently engages in Education and Public Outreach (EPO) and endeavors to express science through art, like large-scale visualizations of the cosmos and astrophotography. He is co-coordinator for the DES EPO Committee and consults with Fermilab education and outreach teams. For a time series of ideasYou can find him on Twitter @briandnord.