Sijbrand de Jong
President of Council at CERN
De Jong received his doctorate in 1990 from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands for his contribution to the design of a novel multiprocessor system for the ZEUS calorimeter trigger at Germany’s DESY laboratory. The trigger has the role of making extremely rapid decisions on which data to record and which to discard. Following his doctorate, he became a Fellow at CERN, where he worked on the OPAL detector at the Laboratory’s LEP accelerator until the late 1990s. He then moved to Fermilab in the US where he was deeply involved in the hunt for the Higgs boson at the Tevatron. De Jong is currently active in astroparticle physics, participating in cosmic ray research at the Pierre Auger Observatory. From 2004 to 2008 he was a member of the Large Hadron Collider Committee at CERN, and since 2010 he has been a delegate to the CERN Council. Furthermore, he was the Dutch representative of the CERN Council Strategy Groups in 2006 and 2013. Since 1998, De Jong has been a staff Member at Nikhef and has taught introductory and advanced high-energy physics courses at Radboud University Nijmegen. He is Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion.