Bryce Gadway selected for NSF CAREER Award
Siv Schwink for Illinois Physics
Illinois Physics Assistant Professor Bryce Gadway has been selected for a 2020 National Science Foundation CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development) Award. This award is conferred annually in support of junior faculty who excel in the role of teacher-scholars by integrating outstanding research programs with excellent educational programs. Receipt of this award also reflects great promise for a lifetime of leadership within the recipients’ respective fields.
Gadway’s CAREER Award will support a new research thrust, looking at strong particle interactions in engineered topological materials. More specifically, Gadway’s team will explore many-body transport phenomena in synthetic lattices, based on the internal degrees of freedom of ultracold Rydberg atoms. This research program and a partner project on topological mechanics will create several undergraduate research opportunities at Illinois Physics, in particular for students from groups historically underrepresented in physics. Taken together, the efforts supported by this new CAREER award will help Gadway and his team investigate a broad range of new artificial topological materials.
Gadway is a member of the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center, working to shed new light on quantum materials and their properties, to enable new capabilities in quantum sensing, quantum computing, and quantum simulation.
Gadway received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Colgate University in 2007 and a doctoral degree in physics from Stony Brook University in 2012. He was a National Research Council postdoctoral research fellow, completing his postdoctoral work at JILA in Boulder, CO, before joining the faculty at Physics Illinois in 2014. He is the recipient of Stony Brook University’s President's Award to Distinguished Doctoral Students (2013) and of the American Physical Society’s Leroy Apker Award (2007).