Dr. Eric Mazur

Tuesday morning general session

Dr. Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. As an internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University. Dr. Mazur founded several companies and plays an active role in industry. He has served the Optical Society of America previously as Director-at-Large. Dr. Mazur has served on numerous committees and councils, including advisory and visiting committees for the National Science Foundation.

In addition to his work in optical physics, Mazur has been very active in education. In 1990 he began developing Peer Instruction, a method for teaching large lecture classes interactively. He is the author of Peer Instruction: A User's Manual (Prentice Hall, 1997), a book that explains how to teach large lecture classes interactively. In 2006 he helped produce the award-winning DVD Interactive Teaching. Dr. Mazur's teaching method has developed a large following, both nationally and internationally, and has been adopted across many disciplines. 

Dr. Mazur is author or co-author of 283 scientific publications, 36 patents, and several books, including the Principles and Practice of Physics (2014), a book that presents a groundbreaking new approach to teaching introductory calculus-based physics. Mazur is a sought-after speaker on optics and on education.