Whitney is a scientist in the field of nuclear physics with the aim to understand the dynamics of Quantum Chromo-dynamics (QCD) in hadrons and nuclei.
Currently constructing a new detector for experiments to probing the quark and gluon structure of light nuclei. The new detector is A Low Energy Recoil Tracker (ALERT) and will use the 11 GeV polarized electron beam at Jefferson Lab and the CLAS12 detector in Hall B. Whitney is responsible for the ALERT time-of-flight particle identification system (ATOF) which surrounds a drift chamber. Whitney is also involved the development of superconducting nanowire particle detectors for applications in nuclear physics. With the Electron Ion Collider project ramping up, Whitney has helped developed detector simulations for the Athena EIC detector proposal.