Mats Selen

Director of Strategy and Innovation

Mats Selen, Professor of Physics, earned a B.S. in physics from the University of Guelph (1982), an M.Sc. in physics from Guelph (1983), and an M.A. in physics from Princeton University in 1985. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Princeton in 1989. He was a research associate at the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR) at Cornell University from 1989-1993. He joined the Department of Physics at Illinois in 1993 as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1997, and to full professor in 2001.

Since coming to Illinois, Selen has been a prime mover behind the massive curriculum revision of the calculus-based introductory physics courses (Physics 211-214), and he was the first lecturer in the new sequence. He developed Physics 123, a hands-on physics course taken by about 100 elementary education students each spring. He also started the Physics Van, an award-winning community outreach program that introduces grade school children to the fun and excitement of physics, and is a regular on local morning television as "The Whys Guy."

As an experimental high-energy physicist, Professor Selen has made significant contributions in several research areas including the study of charmed meson production and decay, and the design and construction of high-speed electronics.