Carl Wieman

Carl Wieman is a renowned scholar in science education. He received his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1977. From 1984 to 2006, Dr. Wieman was a member of the faculty at the University of Colorado, recognized as a Distinguished Professor of Physics and a Presidential Teaching Scholar. In January 2007, he joined the University of British Columbia as the Director of the Carl Wieman Science Foundation Initiative, while retaining a 20 percent appointment at the University of Colorado, Boulder to direct the Science Education Initiative there and head the Physics Education Technology Project, a science education initiative founded by Dr. Wieman. This initiative creates educational online interactive simulations and studies their effectiveness. Dr. Wieman’s involvement in these collaborative initiatives are aimed at achieving departmental-wide sustainable improvement in undergraduate science education. He has conducted research in a variety of areas of atomic physics and laser spectroscopy. His research has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001 for the first creation of, and early experiments on, Bose-Einstein condensation. Dr. Wieman has worked on a variety of research and innovations in teaching physics to a broad range of students, and on student beliefs about physics and chemistry, the learning of quantum physics, and problem-solving skills. His work in education has been recognized with the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award in 2001, the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. University Professor of the Year Award in 2004, and the American Association of Physics Teachers’ Oersted Medal in 2007. Dr. Wieman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and chairs the Academy Board on Science Education. He also is a member of the National Academy of Education.