Edgar has been a professor of physics and researcher at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador since 2011. He teaches physics courses for engineering and science. His main research area is that of collider physics; in particular, the search for new fields and particles.
After earning his doctoral degree from Florida State University, working for the Tevatron’s D0 experiment at Fermilab, in 2009, Edgar moved to Geneva, Switzerland where he worked, as a postdoctoral associate with Boston University, mainly on the maintenance and operation of the high level trigger system of the CMS experiment, right at the start of the CERN’s LHC program.
Upon his return to Ecuador in 2011, he worked for several years on trying to persuade local institutes and the local funding agency to join CMS, which finally happened in 2016. He has been Ecuador’s CMS representative ever since.
Edgar is heavily involved in the Data Preservation and Open Data (DPOA) group in the CMS experiment, participates in the LAGO project for the study of cosmic rays, is very enthusiastic about outreach activities, like the International Masterclasses for hand-on particle physics and the local USFQ’s “Ciencia al Rescate” program, and contributes to regional initiatives for scientific strategy and education, such as LASF4RI and LA-CoNGA.
Edgar describes himself as a “decent soccer player, a terrible guitar fan and a very amateur wine appreciator.”