Ben Pollard
Research Associate • Post-doc, Physics laboratory education
Department of Physics

Office: Duane C219

Ben is a post-doctoral researcher in the PER group. He studies various aspects of teaching and learning in introductory and upper-division laboratory courses. Recently, he has been investigating students' understanding of measurement uncertainty, and also how to assess modeling in physics lab classes.

Ben earned his Ph.D. in 2017 from the University of Colorado Boulder in the field of nano-optics, using near-field infrared imaging and spectroscopy to study heterogeneous soft matter materials. Ben has also been involved in community building and organization aiming to promote diversity, inclusion, and allyship in STEM. When not doing physics, Ben can sometimes be found playing bassoon in orchestras and chamber groups. Ben enjoys engaging in friendly arguments about definitions in any context.