Carl Wieman has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. A Nobel Laureate, Wieman currently divides his time between CU and the University of British Columbia. At both institutions, he serves as the director of a collaborative science education initiative to improve undergraduate science education and as a professor of physics. From 1984 through 2006, he was a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Presidential Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado, where he was also a Fellow of JILA. Wieman served as Chair of JILA from 1993 to 1995.
Before turning his attention to improving undergraduate science education, Wieman conducted extensive research in atomic and laser physics. He received numerous awards for this work, including the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics for the creation of a new form of matter know as a Bose-Einstein condensate. Wieman received his B. S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1977. He is married to former NIST scientist Sarah Gilbert.