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David J. Masiello

Nist Faculty Fellow
David Masiello

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CHB 304F
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Ph.D., Chemical Physics, University of Florida, 2004
B.S., Mathematics, University of Florida, 1999

David J. Masiello completed a B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Florida in 1999.  He then joined the University of Florida's Quantum Theory Project as a graduate student in chemical physics, where, in 2004, he received the Ph.D. degree working under the tutelage of Professor Yngve Öhrn. His dissertation work explored a nonperturbative treatment of the interaction between molecules and the electromagnetic field, accounting for the redistribution of energy not only between different internal molecular degrees of freedom but also for its liberation to the dynamical electromagnetic field. He then took two postdoctoral positions, one with Professor William P. Reinhardt at the University of Washington (2004-2006) and the second with Professor George C. Schatz at Northwestern University (2006-2009).  Subsequently, David was hired back to the University of Washington in 2010 as an assistant professor in theoretical chemistry. In 2016 he was promoted to associate professor with tenure and in 2019 he was promoted to full professor and Bernard and Claudine Nist Endowed Scholar in Chemistry. Currently, Professor Masiello's research focuses on the theoretical understanding of a variety of nanoscale light-matter interactions in plasmonics, nanophotonics, and quantum optics. Particular emphasis is placed upon bringing insight and understanding to experiment through the formulation of simple yet rich theoretical models. David is also an adjunct professor of Applied Mathematics and Materials Science and Engineering at UW. David is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award in 2013 and a Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE) awarded by President Obama in 2016.