Rick Van Kooten, a professor of elementary particle physics (experimental) in the Department of Physics at IU Bloomington, was appointed vice provost for research at Indiana University Bloomington and IU associate vice president for research in 2015.
He is responsible for overseeing a number of research programs and research centers across the Bloomington campus, including the Emerging Areas of Research program funding new research and creative activity endeavors with up to $3 million. He also is helping to implement IU’s university-wide Grand Challenges program - https://grandchallenges.iu.edu
Van Kooten joined the IU Bloomington faculty in 1993 as an assistant professor. His primary research interests concentrate on the study of particles containing b quarks, the difference between matter and anti-matter, and searches for new particles not described by the current Standard Model. He has pursued his studies at the highest energy electron-positron and proton-proton colliders in the world, including the Tevatron at the Fermi National Laboratory outside of Chicago, and the Large Hadron Collider at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Van Kooten received his B.Ap.S. in engineering from the University of Toronto in 1984 and his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University in 1990. He has held postdoctoral positions as a CERN associate scientist and a research scientist at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, a national research center in Germany.