U.S. Particle Accelerator School
U.S. Particle Accelerator School
Education in Beam Physics and Accelerator Technology

Sekazi K. Mtingwa Scholarship

Sekazi Mtingwa

The objective of the Sekazi K. Mtingwa Scholarship is to encourage and increase the participation of underrepresented groups (African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American and Alaskan Native) who are studying Accelerator Science and Engineering (AS&E). This merit-based award provides full funding (including travel) to attend a USPAS session and is named in honor of Prof. Sekazi Mtingwa. Prof. Mtingwa is a pioneering accelerator physicist who received the 2017 Robert R. Wilson Prize for Achievement in the Physics of Particle Accelerators for his innovative work on the theory of intrabeam scattering and has actively promoted minority participation in the physical sciences. A brief biography of Prof. Mtingwa is given below.

Multiple awards may be given in a session. To be eligible, you must be an actively-enrolled graduate or undergraduate student in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) and should identify as having African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American or Alaskan Native ancestry. The scholarship covers the USPAS registration fee (which includes breakfast and dinner), per-diem lunch, textbooks and course materials, host university course fees, (and when we return to in-person sessions) shared housing and most travel expenses to and from the USPAS session. Students should indicate their interest by checking the Mtingwa Scholarship box on our application form.

Prof. Mtingwa was born in 1949 in Atlanta, Georgia and took an active interest in science during primary school. Schools were being desegregated while Prof. Mtingwa was in high school in Georgia. During this period he won first place in the Georgia state science fair and received several STEM books as his prize, including books on special relativity that inspired him to pursue a career in physics. As an undergraduate, he studied physics and mathematics at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and went on to graduate school at Princeton University where in 1976 he was awarded a PhD in theoretical high-energy physics. Prof. Mtingwa had a long and distinguished career in academia and the US national laboratories. His theoretical work spanned high-energy physics and accelerator physics where he is best known for his theory of intrabeam scattering in particle accelerators that was developed with Prof. James Bjorken for which he was awarded jointly the 2017 Wilson Prize with Anton Piwinski and Bjorken. This work has had strong impact on a wide variety of accelerators including hardron colliders, damping rings, linear accelerators, and synchrotron light sources. Prof. Mtingwa also worked on antiproton sources, wakefield accelerators, and photon colliders. In addition to his active career as a researcher in accelerator physics, high energy and nuclear physics, he was a professor at North Carolina AT&T State University and an administrative judge with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Prof. Mtingwa has tirelessly worked to recruit and encourage activities of minorities in STEM topics. His outreach activities started from his student days and continued into the present while retired from his national lab and university careers. Among his many achievements promoting minorities are: founding efforts in the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), the National Society of Hispanic Physicists, the African Laser Centre, the African Physical Society, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (Ghana), the African Light Source Steering Committee. He also co-founded the Triangle Science, Education & Economic Development, a company supporting underrepresented groups in STEM. Prof. Mtingwa is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the NSBP. More information on Prof. Mtingwa can be found in his Wilson Award biography and his Wikipedia page.