Ernie is a Science program officer with wide-ranging interests across the physical sciences. Trained as a physicist, he is part of the foundation’s Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) Initiative.
Ernie came to the foundation following a career at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where, as a staff scientist at the Advanced Light Source, he helped pioneer a technique that uses x-rays to visualize how matter evolves on the natural (Angstrom) length and (femtosecond) time scales relevant to atomic motion.
Over the years, Ernie’s research has spanned a range of topics that include being part of a team that first brought femtosecond time resolution to an x-ray light source facility, and making the first time domain measurements of femtosecond-duration soft x-ray pulses. Other past research includes studying how nanoparticles form during femtosecond laser ablation, demonstrating that light can be used to induce x-ray transparency and, more recently, demonstrating a technique that allows x-rays to selectively probe the chemically important valence electrons in a material.
Ernie was a Department of Energy Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Fellow, a University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow and an AT&T Bell Laboratories Cooperative Research Fellowship Program Graduate Fellow. He was an American Physical Society Apker Award Finalist and was awarded the Daniel P. Ionata Undergraduate Thesis Award.
Ernie attended Brown University where he received a B.A. in religious studies and a B.S. in electrical engineering. He received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley.