Prof. Michael Tuts is an experimental particle physicist who received his PhD from Stony Brook in 1979 and joined the Columbia faculty in 1983. His research has focused on understanding the fundamental particles and forces that that make up our universe. He has more than 600 publications in the field and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Currently he collaborates on the 3,000 member ATLAS experiment that started data taking in 2010 at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. He serves as the Operations Program Manager for the U.S. team on ATLAS, and is looking forward to many years of discoveries that may change the way we think about our universe. In the Physics Department he enjoys teaching introductory courses, and was awarded a Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2004.