Welcome Assistant Professor Marco Rolandi

Marco Rolandi joined the faculty of the UW Department of Material Science & Engineering in August 2008 as an assistant professor, bringing the department his finely-tuned curiosity in nanoscale phenomena.

Rolandi comes to UW from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow since 2005. He earned his doctorate in applied physics at Stanford University in 2005 and his master’s degree in physics at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, in 2000.

“The quest for smaller electronic components has aroused increased interest in transport phenomena at the nanoscale,” Rolandi said. “To enable further scientific endeavors, we must improve the processes that allow us to precisely control the position, size and shape of nanomaterials. My research will focus on schemes to reliably fabricate novel materials for the investigation of nanoscale phenomena."
In addition to pursuing his research, Rolandi looks forward to teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. He would like to develop a new class on nanotechnology for UW undergraduates. He is also interested in developing a class for UW graduate students on graphic design for the modern research environment, where he says “the need for conveying large amounts of information in a short timeframe has increased the popularity of visual media.”

Rolandi won the 2000 Granville Prize for outstanding academic achievement awarded to the top physics graduate of University of London. He also won the 2000 Westfield Trust Prize for outstanding academic achievement, awarded to the top physics graduate of Queen Mary and Westfield College.

A native of Savona, Italy, Rolandi was the 1000-meter K4 flatwater Kayaking Junior Italian Champion in 1994. He looks forward to paddling in the lakes of the Pacific Northwest.


Marco Rolandi's faculty profile
Rolandi research group Web site

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