Congratulations to Andrew D. Christianson (B.S. Physics, 1996), who was elected as a 2017 Fellow of the American Physical Society. This is a high honor awarded to no more than 0.5% of the membership of the APS each year. The citation for Andy was: "For contributions toward the understanding of the structure and dynamics of strongly correlated electron systems including: Fe-based superconductors, Kondo lattice systems, magnetoelectric materials, and osmium-based transition metal oxides using neutron scattering techniques.” This was not the first research honor for Andy. Five years ago, he was recognized with a 2012 Young Scientist award by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Commission on the Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter. Andy was also a 2006 Shull Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Andy started his research career as a freshman at UNI, working with Paul Shand on spin glass behavior in diluted magnetic semiconductors until he graduated. He did his graduate studies at Colorado State University, where he received a Ph.D. in physics in 2003. Andy is currently an Instrument Scientist in the Quantum Condensed Matter Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.