Trevor Tyson, PhD, a distinguished professor in the department of physics at New Jersey Institute of Technology, has established himself as one of the top scientists in the world in the studies of atomic, magnetic, and electronic structure of correlated electron systems. His experimental work is closely coupled with detailed modeling to provide a comprehensive picture of the microscopic origin of macroscopic phenomena such as magnetism, ferrolelectricity and basic atomic structure. His research has been funded by several federal funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Energy, and the US Army. He is the recipient of a prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Award, and has received approximately $5M in external funding to support his research.
Tyson has supervised 10 successful PhD students who have found positions in x-ray optics at national laboratories, university faculty positions, and industry-based research facilities. Under Tyson’s research program, NJIT jointly operates two x-ray beamlines at the National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory for scattering and spectroscopic studies of materials. He also leads a team of 10 researchers who have developed a proposal and are seeking funding to develop a beamline for combined high magnetic field and high pressure experiments; the beamline will push the limits on high magnetic field structural measurements and involve the development of new types of magnets, area detectors, x-ray optical instruments and high pressure measurement methods.
While director of the NJIT Materials Science and Engineering Program (2005-2009), Tyson put in place a series of actions to strengthen the program from both a research and an educational perspective. He continues to work towards combining research and education with a seven-week summer workshop offered to four to eight Newark-area high school students from underrepresented groups. Students are taught basic scientific techniques, and learn basic chemistry, electronics, solid state physics and computer programming.
He received a BS in physics (with honors) from Andrews University and a PhD in applied physics from Stanford University.
Last update: Octobet 25, 2011
Topics: correlated electron systems, synchrotron research, x-ray holography, x-ray emission studies, materials science, spectroscopic studies, ferroelectricity, magnetism