|Thesis||Superconductor-metal-insulator transitions in two dimensions (2001)|
Nadya Mason is 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 is the Director of the Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (I-MRSEC) and, since September 2022, the Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. She is the first woman and woman of color to work as the director at the institute. In 2021, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
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. In 1986 she trained as a gymnast with Bela Karolyi and competed as a member of the U.S. National Team. She currently lives in Urbana, IL, where she is a faculty member at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has two daughters.
Mason always enjoyed math and science, and completed several science-focused internships during her education, including a fellowship in condensed matter at Bell Laboratories. She completed a bachelor's degree at Harvard University in 1995. In 2001 she earned a PhD under Aharon Kapitulnik at Stanford University.
Mason returned to Harvard as a MRSEC Postdoctoral Fellow in 2001, where she was elected junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. In 2005, Mason joined the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Her research focuses on carbon nanotubes, graphene, nanostructured semiconductors and topological insulators. In these systems she concentrates on electron interactions, and how to apply her understanding to quantum computing. 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.
In 2006 she demonstrated the non-equilibrium Kondo effect and in 2011 observed individual superconducting bound states in graphene-based systems. In 2014 Mason was appointed a John Bardeen Faculty Scholar in Physics at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. In 2016 she was appointed to full Professor.
Nadya Mason is a General Councillor for the American Physical Society. 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.
In November 2019, Mason gave a TED talk called, "How to spark your creativity, scientifically."
Newly elected members and their affiliations at the time of election are: … Mason, Nadya; director, Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow Professor in Physics, department of physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, entry in member directory:"Member Directory". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2021-07-04.