Joel Corbo, a physics researcher and educator, is committed to improving the way that students become productive members of the scientific community.

An MIT alum and physics Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley, Joel has research experience in large-scale coherent quantum system and quantum Monte Carlo simulations. His passion for teaching and supporting students of all backgrounds inspired him to co-found the Berkeley Compass Project, which won the 2012 APS Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education.

In addition to organizational development, Joel co-designed and taught a two-week summer course on the physics of earthquakes and a semester-long course on physical model building for Compass. Drawing on these experiences, Joel led Compass’s teacher training workshops and consulted on the development of a summer program for engineering students at Florida International University. Joel will use his research, leadership, and course design experience to continue improving physics education at a national level.

Currently, Joel is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for STEM Learning at CU Boulder.