Nadya Mason is the dean of the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, since October 2023.[1] Prior to joining the University of Chicago, she was the Rosalyn Sussman Yalow Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a condensed matter experimentalist, she works on the quantum limits of low-dimensional systems. Mason was the Director of the Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (I-MRSEC)[2] and, from September 2022 through September 2023, the Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.[3] She was the first woman and woman of color to work as the director at the institute.[4][5] In 2021, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.[6][7]

Nadya Mason
Alma mater
Scientific career

Quantum Computing

ThesisSuperconductor-metal-insulator transitions in two dimensions (2001)

Personal life


Mason was born in New York City, and lived in Brooklyn for the first six years of her life. She grew up in Washington, D.C. before moving to Houston.[8] In 1986 she trained as a gymnast with Bela Karolyi and competed as a member of the U.S. National Team.[9] She has two daughters.[10]



Mason always enjoyed math and science, and completed several science-focused internships during her education,[11] including a fellowship in condensed matter at Bell Laboratories. She completed a bachelor's degree at Harvard University in 1995.[12] In 2001 she earned a PhD under Aharon Kapitulnik at Stanford University.[13]



Mason returned to Harvard as a MRSEC Postdoctoral Fellow in 2001, where she was elected junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows.[12] In 2005, Mason joined the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.[14] Her research focuses on carbon nanotubes, graphene, nanostructured semiconductors and topological insulators.[15][14] In these systems she concentrates on electron interactions, and how to apply her understanding to quantum computing.[9][16] She has discussed the limit on the size of electronics and impact of novel nanomaterials for the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign YouTube channel.[17]

In 2006 she demonstrated the non-equilibrium Kondo effect and in 2011 observed individual superconducting bound states in graphene-based systems.[18][19] In 2014 Mason was appointed a John Bardeen Faculty Scholar in Physics at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.[18] In 2016 she was appointed to full Professor.[20]

Service and outreach


Nadya Mason is a General Councillor for the American Physical Society.[14] She is Chair of the APS Committee on Minorities and was featured by the National Society of Black Physicists for Black History Month in 2017.[21]

In November 2019, Mason gave a TED talk called, "How to spark your creativity, scientifically."[22]

Honors and awards



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  13. ^ Mason, Nadya (August 2001). Superconductor-metal-insulator transitions in two dimensions (PhD dissertation). Stanford University. Bibcode:2001PhDT.......241M. ISBN 978-0-493-40427-1. ProQuest 304727938.
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  15. ^ Mason, Nadya (2016-05-20). "Superconductivity on the edge". Science. 352 (6288): 891–892. Bibcode:2016Sci...352..891M. doi:10.1126/science.aaf6604. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 27199401. S2CID 206649295.
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  19. ^ Paaske, J.; Rosch, A.; Wölfle, P.; Mason, N.; Marcus, C. M.; Nygård, J. (2006). "Non-equilibrium singlet–triplet Kondo effect in carbon nanotubes". Nature Physics. 2 (7): 460–464. arXiv:cond-mat/0602581. Bibcode:2006NatPh...2..460P. doi:10.1038/nphys340. ISSN 1745-2481. S2CID 10840835.
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