The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Collaboration is a consortium of about 3000 scientists from roughly 300 institutions all across the world, operating the homonymous experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider and analysing its data.
Traditionally, every year, the Collaboration awards some of its researchers for their outstanding contributions to the experiment.
This year, one of the awardees is Pieter David of IRMP, as announced during the virtual opening session of the "CMS Week" in February.
After BSc and Masters studies at the University of Ghent, Pieter got his PhD in 2016 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, with a thesis based on his research work in the LHCb experiment. Immediately after his PhD he joined IRMP as a postdoctoral fellow, and became a member of the CMS experiment.
Quoting from the award motivation, Pieter was rewarded by the CMS Collaboration for "his excellent work as convener of the Strip Tracker Local Reco group for the past several years". This refers to his leadership of one of the crucial technical working groups in the experiment.