MARIA SPIROPULU is a Professor of Physics at Caltech and an experimental physicist. She has been researching elementary particles and their interactions in the past 20 years at Fermilab's Tevatron and CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Spiropulu used, for the first time, the double blind data analysis method in searches for supersymmetry at the Tevatron.
She has been pioneering alternative 'new physics' search analyses platforms and is inspired by making connections and drawing ideas from other areas of modern science. Her research includes searches for dark matter in colliders, global analysis of particle/astro-particle observations in exploration of the nature of dark matter, characterization of the recently discovered boson at the LHC, look-alike model separation, multi-model inference methods in particle physics, big data analysis, complex intelligence computational methods, new accelerator technologies, and multiple application detector R&D.
In 2009 she was named a Fellow of the AAAS "for her leadership in experimental high-energy physics, in particular for her pioneering efforts in the experimental search for supersymmetry and extra dimensions."