Bruce Mason

Associate Professor



Fellow of the American Physical Society

Longmire Prize for Teaching

Good Teaching Award

General Education Teaching Award

Regents' Award for Superior Teaching



B.S. 1980 Oberlin College

Ph.D. 1985 University of Maryland



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Office: 227 Nielsen Hall


Research Description

Trained as a solid state theorist, in the mid-1990's I started to explore ways in which the computational tools used in research could expand and enliven courses for both graduate and undergraduate students. This led to the study of new technologies for supporting learning and ways to help other faculty take advantage of these tools.

My work now focuses on efforts to enhance physics and astronomy education through web-based resources. I am director of the ComPADRE network of educational resource collections (, a collaboration of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society, and the Society of Physics Students and part of the National Science Digital Library ( I am also the editor of the physics collection on MERLOT (, a multi-discipline and multi-institutional organization promoting the scholarly use of multimedia educational resources.

Selected Publications

"Open Source and Open Access Resources for Quantum Physics Education," Mario Belloni, Wolfgang Christian, Bruce Mason, J. Chem. Ed., 86, 125, (2009) ADS: 2009JChEd..86..125B

"Digital Libraries in Support of Science Education: A Case for Computational Physics," Bruce Mason, Comp. in Sci. & Eng., 8, 62, (2006)

"Optimizing and Engineering EuSe-PbSe0.78Te0.22-EuSe Multiple-Quantum-Well Laser Structures," M.F. Khodr, P.J. McCann, and B.A. Mason, IEEE Jour. Opt. Elect., 34, 1604, (1998) ADS: 1998IJQE...34.1604K

"Calculations of the spin dependence of transport and optical properties in wide parabolic quantum wells," C.E. Hembree, B.A. Mason, J. T. Kwiatkowski, J. Furneaux, and J.A. Slinkman, Phys. Rev. B, 50, 15197, (1994) ADS: 1994PhRvB..5015197H

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