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Naval Academy Professor Named KITP Scholar

  POSTED ON: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:21 AM by

#020-15     ANNAPOLIS, Md. – U.S. Naval Academy Assistant Professor Ryan Wilson was recently  named a Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Scholar. Dr. Wilson is the first service academy professor selected for this prestigious award and one of only six awardees for 2015-2017.

KITP Scholars are visiting researchers in theoretical physics at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of California at Santa Barbara. The award funds a total of three round trips and up to six weeks of local expenses. KITP established the KITP Scholar program to support the research efforts of faculty at U.S. colleges and universities that are not major research institutions. Up to eight awardees are chosen each year from institutions with an emphasis on teaching; each awardee must be conducting ongoing physics research.

Wilson is a native of Kirkwood, Mo. and began teaching physics at the Naval Academy in August 2014. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011 and spent the intervening years performing research at the National Institute for Standards and Technology and JILA at the University of Colorado Boulder. As a KITP Scholar, Wilson will be performing theoretical/computational research on ultracold matter. 

“I'm interested in exploring the exotic states of matter that emerge in gases of atoms and photons (particles of light),” said Wilson.  “The KITP will support collaborative research with other scientists who share my interests, and it will expose me to many other avenues of research that are less familiar to me.”

More information about Wilson may be found at  For more information about KITP Scholars, visit their website:

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service.  More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News

and World Reports has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college.  Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, and military law.  Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

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