Dr. Yangyang Cheng is a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University. A member of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), she designs next generation silicon tracking detectors and searches for dark matter. Dr. Cheng received her PhD in physics from the University of Chicago in 2015 and her Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Science and Technology of China’s School for the Gifted Young. Her writings have appeared in Foreign Policy, MIT Technology Review, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Teen Vogue, ChinaFile, and other publications. She contributes to New America’s DigiChina initiative, and has been interviewed by the New York Times, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, South China Morning Post, spektrum.de (the German edition of Scientific American) among many other media outlets.