Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) (MRSEC)
Daniele (Dan) Finotello joined NSF in September 2008 as Program Director in the Office of Special Programs, Division of Materials Research, Directorate of Mathematical & Physical Sciences where he managed the Materials World Network and REU sites. In February 2010 he joined the Condensed Matter Physics program. He received his B.Sc. in Physics from UNAM, Mexico in 1979, and his Ph.D. in Low Temperature Physics from SUNY at Buffalo in 1985. After spending three years as a Research Associate at Penn State University, he became an Assistant Professor at Kent State University in 1988. Finotello was promoted to Full Professor in 1997, becoming the Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs in the College of Arts and Science in 2000. In 2003 he took the position of Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and also served as Interim Graduate Dean from 2006-2007. Finotello's experimental research include thermal conductivity studies of the 2D helium superfluid phase transition (Buffalo), ac calorimetry studies of the superfluid transition in interconnected media (Penn State). At Kent State, while initially continuing the low temperature work, he pioneered phase transition studies of liquid crystal materials confined to well-defined and interconnected porous media; originally using the ac calorimetry technique, and most recently, with deuteron nuclear magnetic resonance. He has co-authored over ninety publications and delivered in excess of sixty invited presentations and seminars at international conferences and institutions world-wide. He graduated 8 Ph. D. students, supervised 4 postdoctoral students, and received funding from NSF, NASA, CNR Italy, IPNS Argonne, WPAFB, the Ohio Department of Development, and the Ohio Board of Regents.