Eric Mazur, an internationally recognized scientist in optical science and condensed matter Physics, is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. He leads one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University. Professor Mazur has made breakthrough contributions to light scattering, nanophotonics, and the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with materials. He is the inventor of black and hyperdoped silicon (a new form of silicon that extends its applications to optoelectronics) and a pioneer in femtosecond laser developments and applications. His group is exploring femtosecond laser for nanosurgery, data storage, microfabrication and metamaterials development.
In Education, Professor Mazur shattered our classical notion about education and challenged the standard form of teaching “as transfer of information” that has been adopted for centuries. He developed new methods such as “Peer Instruction” and “Interactive Learning” that focus on training the student’s brain and advance thinking skills. His views on education are attracting world-wide attention and many institutions around the world seek to implement his views to offer their students education that is more aligned with today advanced technologies and the needs for future generations.