David A. Weitz

Professor
Harvard University

Weitz received his undergraduate education in Physics at the University of Waterloo, and his PhD in physics from Harvard University. He then joined Exxon Research and Engineering Company, where he worked for nearly 18 years.  He then became a professor of physics at the University of Pennsylvania and moved to Harvard at the end of the last millennium as professor of physics and applied physics.  

He leads a large and active group studying soft matter science with a focus on materials science, biophysics and microfluidics.   His work at Harvard includes teaching, research and entrepreneurship.  He is director of Harvard’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, funded by the National Science Foundation.  Several startup companies have come from his lab to commercialize research concepts.  Weitz is a member of the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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