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


Fiducial, total and differential cross-section measurements of t-channel single top-quark production in pp collisions at 8 TeV using data collected by the ATLAS detector 2017 - Journal Article
High-ETisolated-photon plus jets production in pp collisions at s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector 2017 - Journal Article
Identification and rejection of pile-up jets at high pseudorapidity with the ATLAS detector 2017 - Journal Article
Jet energy scale measurements and their systematic uncertainties in proton-proton collisions at s =13 TeV with the ATLAS detector 2017 - Journal Article
Jet reconstruction and performance using particle flow with the ATLAS Detector 2017 - Journal Article
Measurement of W boson angular distributions in events with high transverse momentum jets at s=8 TeV using the ATLAS detector 2017 - Journal Article
Measurement of WW/ WZ? l?qq'production with the hadronically decaying boson reconstructed as one or two jets in pp collisions at vs=8TeV with ATLAS, and constraints on anomalous gauge couplings 2017 - Journal Article
Measurement of W±W± vector-boson scattering and limits on anomalous quartic gauge couplings with the ATLAS detector 2017 - Journal Article
Measurement of b-hadron pair production with the ATLAS detector in proton-proton collisions at √s=8 TeV 2017 - Journal Article
Measurement of charged-particle distributions sensitive to the underlying event in √s=13 TeV proton-proton collisions with the ATLAS detector at the LHC 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

Regents Outstanding Teaching Awards 2012
Physics is a perspective on how to understand the world and an approach to solving problems. Physicists take joy from what humans have already understood and we revel in the pursuit of what we have yet to understand. In the classroom, I offer the physicist's world view on the same platter as physical theory, with a healthy dose of demonstrations, word play and inside jokes. Physics can be taught, but love of physics and respect for others have to be demonstrated. I try to pass on to my students that gift which my professors shared with me, and if my students are fortunate, someday they will have their own students to inspire.
UT Dallas' High Energy Physics Group Receives $600,000 in DOE Research Funding
RICHARDSON, Texas (May 25, 2001) - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has renewed research funding for the High Energy Physics Group at The University of Texas at Dallas with a $600,000 award for the period 2001-2004. It is the fourth three-year award DOE has granted the group, with funding increasing each period. The grant will enable two UTD faculty members - Joseph M. Izen, professor of physics, and Xinchou Lou, associate professor of physics - to study the differences between the behavior of particles known technically as "Bmesons" and their anti-matter counterparts, one of the top priorities in DOE's particle physics research program. The BaBar experiment, as it is called, is taking place in California, utilizing an experimental facility at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center at Stanford University which smashes together electrons and their anti-matter, positrons.
Studying the universe a fulfilling pursuit
In the second semester, I took up a course in physics with Professor Joseph Izen, who taught the subject with an entirely different approach, unlike the way I had been learning so far. By not focusing on solving tricky problems, Prof Izen piqued our curiosity with many physics demonstrations. There were several "wow" moments when we saw unexpected phenomena and learned about the underlying theories of physics. As part of our final exam, he took all the students to Six Flags, an amusement park in Texas. Each student was asked to bring along a device to record the acceleration while riding roller coasters and then write a 30-page report analyzing the data.


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