David W. Brauer Professor of Physics
Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
John Essick is a solid-state physics experimentalist whose research interests center on the optoelectronic properties of semiconductors. Essick received his B.S. degree in physics from UC Berkley (1976), M.S. in physics from UCLA (1978) and Ph. D. in physics from the University of Oregon (1988). He has been a professor in the Reed College Physics Department since 1993, where he is currently the David W. Brauer Professor of Physics. While at Reed, Essick has supervised 51 yearlong senior thesis projects on semiconductor topics including amorphous silicon, porous silicon and quantum dots as well as his other research interests in quantum optics and laser-based atom trapping. He is on the Board of Directors of the Advanced Laboratory Physics Association and is author of the popular textbook Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW for Scientists and Engineers.