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Joel Olson, Ph.D.Joel Olson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Joel Olson received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after serving in the U.S. Navy. He is currently an associate professor of chemistry and previously held an industrial position at EcoLab, Inc. Dr. Olson and his students use scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to investigate solid surfaces at the atomic level. This technology is also instrumental in the exploration and applications of nanotechnology, which is the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Dr. Olson’s research is at the crossroads of chemistry, physics and molecular biology and provides a diverse understanding of how these disciplines are intertwined. When Dr. Olson isn’t behind the lens, he enjoys playing the guitar, hunting and learning about military history.

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