Assistant Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Checkelsky directs a group in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His team focuses on the study of exotic electronic states of matter through the synthesis, measurement, and control of solid state materials. Of particular interest to his group are studies of correlated behavior in topologically non-trivial materials, the role of geometrical phases in electronic systems, and novel types of geometric frustration. His work on tunable topological insulators was highly influential to the scientific community; a direct consequence of this was establishing the understanding of magnetism in topological systems and a new emergent phase - the “quantum anomalous Hall state.” Dr. Checkelsky earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University during while being awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and also served on the faculty at the University of Tokyo.