The American University of the Middle East became a full member in CMS at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on June 28, 2019, after receiving an overwhelming vote at the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) Collaboration Board at the CERN council in Geneva, Switzerland.
AUM is the first institution in Kuwait and the Gulf region to become a full member of CMS. This new milestone will benefit not only the faculty members and students of AUM, but also the Kuwait and GCC community at large.
CERN is the world’s largest particle physics laboratory and one of the most respected centers for scientific research. It is located on the border between Switzerland and France and has two main research sites: Meyrin on the Swiss side and Prevessin on the French side.
The main CERN research activities are centered around the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) and two particle detection facilities, CMS and ATLAS. Both CMS and ATLAS announced in 2012 the discovery of the Higgs Boson predicted by Peter Higgs and François Englert in 1964. The two scientists were awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics.
CMS will carry out a new exciting research program after finalizing the general upgrade, in which AUM is currently involved, and will restart in 2020. Dr. Yasser Maghrbi, Assistant Professor at AUM’s College of Engineering and Technology, is participating in the research activities.
This full membership will allow AUM faculty members and students to benefit from the scientific innovations and technical expertise provided by CERN, to implement advanced scientific research projects that contribute to developments in the fields of science and engineering and technology for the benefit of the Kuwaiti society.