Ernie is a Science program officer with wide-ranging interests. Trained as a physicist, he is part of the foundation’s Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) Initiative. Ernie also makes grants across a broad range of physical sciences, with particular interest in fundamental physics.
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 the use of x-ray scattering techniques to visualize how matter evolves on the natural length and time scales relevant to atomic motion (Angstroms and femtoseconds). Over the years, Ernie’s research has spanned a range of topics that include demonstrating electromagnetically induced transparency for x-rays, studying how nanoparticles form during femtosecond laser ablation, and using Floquet-dressing to perform the first time domain measurements of femtosecond-duration soft x-ray pulses. More recently, he demonstrated x-ray and optical wave-mixing, a technique that allows x-rays to selectively probe valence electrons; the electrons that define the chemical and electronic properties of a material.
Ernie was a Department of Energy Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Fellow, a University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow and a AT&T Bell Laboratories Cooperative Research Fellowship Program Graduate Fellow. Ernie was an American Physical Society Apker Award Finalist and recipient of 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.
California Institute of Technology
Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems
Special Projects in Science