Petra Huentemeyer is a Professor of Physics at Michigan Technological University and is the U.S. Spokesperson of the HAWC Observatory in Mexico. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg, Germany, working on the OPAL experiment at the LEP storage ring at CERN. She then decided to join the HiRes and Milagro collaborations as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utah and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her current research focuses on investigating the acceleration and propagation of galactic cosmic rays using high-energy gamma-ray emission. Most recently she got involved in R&D work for the Southern Wide-field Gamma-ray Observatory.