David N. Schramm Director and Senior Member, KICP
Professor, Department of Physics, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Enrico Fermi Institute, the College
Before coming to UChicago, Prof. Vieregg received her A.B. from Dartmouth College in 2004, her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2010, and was an NSF Office of Polar Programs Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (2010-2013).
Prof. Vieregg builds radio and millimeter wave experiments and uses them for neutrino astrophysics and cosmology with the cosmic microwave background. She currently leads hardware development and analysis efforts on ARA and ANITA, which use the Antarctic ice as a target for the highest energy cosmic neutrinos. Vieregg is the PI of PUEO and RNO-G, next-generation balloon-borne and ground-based radio detectors for ultra-high energy neutrinos. She is also involved in CMB-S4, a future ground-based cosmic microwave background experiment, serving as the technical coordinator and on the executive team. Although Prof. Vieregg has won many research-related awards, the award she is most proud of is a “spherical cow award,” presented by the UChicago physics graduate students, for Best Teaching and Mentoring.
Outside of physics, she is an avid sailor and enjoys spending time with her two children, Lydia and James.
News & Highlights
- “Discovering the highest energy particles from the top of the Greenland Ice Sheet”, PSD spotlight, October 27, 2022
- Congratulations to Abigail Vieregg, October 27, 2022
- Abigail Vieregg has been appointed the David N. Schramm Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, August 1, 2022
- Kaeli Hughes won a Nathan Sugarman Award, May 26, 2022
- NASA gives go-ahead for $20M multi-institution balloon experiment led by UChicago scientists, January 6, 2022
- NASA selects PUEO to Study Universe’s Secrets, January 11, 2021