Joseph Izen

Professor - Physics
Tags: Physics

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Physics
Harvard University - 1982
A.M. - Physics
Harvard University - 1978
B.S. - Physics & Mathematics
The Cooper Union - 1977

Research Areas

Research Interests
  •  Proton collisions produced at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
  •  Higgs Boson
  •  Search for dark matter and dark gauge bosons
  •  Pixel and scilicon strip detectors for charged-particle tracking
  •  Flavor physics at electron-positron colliders


Measurement of differential cross sections of isolated-photon plus heavy-flavour jet production in pp collisions at s=8 TeV using the ATLAS detector 2018 - Journal Article
Search for an invisibly decaying Higgs boson or dark matter candidates produced in association with a Z boson in pp collisions at s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector 2018 - Journal Article
Search for diboson resonances with boson-tagged jets in pp collisions at s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector 2018 - Journal Article
Search for dark matter in association with a Higgs boson decaying to b-quarks in pp collisions at s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector 2017 - Journal Article
Search for direct top squark pair production in events with a Higgs or Z boson, and missing transverse momentum in √s=13 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector 2017 - Journal Article
Search for heavy resonances decaying to a W or Z boson and a Higgs boson in the qq¯(′)bb¯ final state in pp collisions at s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector 2017 - Journal Article
Search for heavy resonances decaying to a Z boson and a photon in pp collisions at s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector 2017 - Journal Article
Search for lepton-flavour-violating decays of the Higgs and Z bosons with the ATLAS detector 2017 - Journal Article
Search for new high-mass phenomena in the dilepton final state using 36 fb−1of proton-proton collision data at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector 2017 - Journal Article
Search for new phenomena in a lepton plus high jet multiplicity final state with the ATLAS experiment using √s=13 TeV proton-proton collision data 2017 - Journal Article


University of Texas at Dallas [1999–Present]
Visiting Associate Professor
Colorado State University [1994–1997]
Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [1994–1999]
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [1991–1994]
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [1986–1991]
Project Associate
University of Wisconsin at Madison [1982–1985]
Research Assistant
Harvard University [1977–1982]


UT System Regents’ Oustanding Teaching Award - [2012]

Additional Information

Professional Service Activities
Service to the University
  •  Faculty Senate (2007-2010, 2011-2013, 2014-2022)
  •  Academic Council (2007-2008, 2016-2021)
  •  GEMS Math and Science Education Council (2008-2010)
  Service to the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  •  Chair, Advisory Committee (the “shepherd”) during the design and construction of the UTD 
  •  Science Learning Center building (2007-2010)
  Service to the Physics Department
  •  Physics Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (Chair; 2004-2010, member, 2011-present)
  •  Physics Graduate Curriculum Committee (2004-2010)
  •  Physics Department liason to the Texas Astronomical Society (2005-2010)
  •  “On call” to meet with prospective Physics majors and their parents (2006-2010, 2011-present)
  Activities with Student Organizations
  •  Faculty adviser, Comet Hockey Club (2001-Spring 2010)
  •  Co-Faculty adviser, Women in Physics (2007-Spring 2010)
  •  Faculty Adviser, Graduate Students in Physics (2018-Present)
  •  Faculty Adviser, UTD Contracorners (2019-Present)
  Service External to the University
  •  Grant Reviewer, Department of Energy, Division of High Energy Physics
  •  Publication Referee, Physical Review/Physical Review Letters
  •  ATLAS Collaboration Board
  •  ATLAS Pixel Institutional Board
  •  BABAR Collaboration Council
Dr. Izen is an high energy particle physics experimentalist exploring high-energy proton collisions produced at CERN's Large Hadron collider and electron-positron collisions at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) . He is Principal Investigator of a Department of Energy grant supporting the UT Dallas' High Energy Physics Group work on the ATLAS and BaBar experiments.
  •  Henri D. Dickinson Fund Prize, best record of B.S. recipients, Cooper Union, 1977
  •  Cooper Union Alumni Association Award, 1977
  •  Eli Lilly Teaching Fellow, 1987-1988
  •  National Science Foundation – Center for Global Partnership Fellow, 1997-1998
  •  University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, 2012
  •  CERN Scientific Associate, 2013-2014

News Articles

UT Dallas Physicists Play Role in Higgs Quest
University of Texas at Dallas researchers played a role in groundbreaking experiments that led to the discovery of a new elementary particle of matter, one that is “consistent” with the long-sought-after Higgs boson. When the much-buzzed-about July 4 announcement of the new particle was made by officials at the CERN research facility in Geneva, UT Dallas faculty members, postdoctoral scientists and students involved in the research were positioned around the globe – in China, Australia and Europe. The research results were so highly anticipated by the scientific community that investigators on-site at CERN, including UT Dallas physics undergraduate student Cyrille Chiari, lined up the night before just to get a seat in the packed auditorium for the early-morning statement. “To give an idea of how motivated people here are, the fire alarm went off and no one moved an inch,” Chiari said in an email. “It went on for 10 minutes and still no one left.”
Musical Forces Collide
What began as entertainment at a dinner to celebrate the construction of a Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland culminated in an unusual side project among scientists, including UT Dallas’ Dr. Joe Izen. Izen, professor of physics and principal investigator for the UT Dallas High Energy Physics Group, works on the ATLAS experiment studying the head-on collisions of high-energy particles. Upon joining ATLAS in 2007, Izen quickly discovered fellow scientists there shared his interest in playing music. After coming to Dallas to work on the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in 1991, Izen formed a band called Squirrelheads in Gravy to play old-time Southern mountain music for contra dances hosted by the North Texas Traditional Dance Society.
Award Funds Students Particle Physics Research
UT Dallas physics student Alex Palmer has won an award from theDepartment of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Programto pursue research on particle physics. The terms of the fellowship are generous. The $50,500 award includes support for tuition and fees, an annual living stipend and an annual research stipend. It is renewable for up to three years, as long as the fellow makes progress toward a PhD and attends a yearly research conference. “I’m very excited because it grants me a lot of extra freedom in graduate school,” said Palmer, who will graduate this May with a bachelor’s in physics. “I can likely get into research during my first semester, rather than just taking classes and being a TA. Additionally, if for some reason I decide to switch specialties within physics, I won’t be a year behind.”
Space Model Brings Vast Distances Down to Scale
A physics colloquium on Wednesday began with a dedication of a poster that places the closest star to our sun squarely atop UT Dallas. The event was the result of an effort by the Gruppo Astrofili di Piacenza astronomy club in Italy to illustrate the vastness of space. The club created an “Astronomy Park” scale model of the solar system using posters to mark the locations of various heavenly bodies. Club members set the scale at 1:5,000,000,000, or about 79,000 miles per inch, so that the model could fit inside a public park in Piacenza, Italy.
Center is a New Space to Explore the Sciences
The Science Learning Center’s tile exterior was inspired by two patterns: atomic emission spectra of gases, and human DNA when it is separated in a process called gel electrophoresis. The Science Learning Center doubles the number of instructional science labs at UT Dallas and brings labs from a variety of disciplines together in one facility. Classes in chemistry, biology, physics, the geosciences, and science and mathematics education will be taught in the new space. Designed with the participation of faculty, including Physics Professor Joseph M. Izen, who chaired the building’s advisory committee, every aspect of the facility has been designed to satisfy specific academic goals.


ATLAS Collaboration
BaBar Collaboration
American Physical Society
APS Division of Particles and Fields