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David Haase

Professor Emeritus

Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor

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Professor Haase received his BA in Physics and Mathematics in 1970 from Rice University, and an MA and PhD in Physics from Duke University (1975), where he was a J. B. Duke Graduate Fellow. He joined the Physics Department at NC State as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 1975, and was appointed a tenure-track Assistant Professor in 1976.

Area(s) of Expertise

He has collaborated on a number of experiments involving polarized neutrons and cryogenic polarized nuclear targets. He was responsible for the design and construction of the targets and also contributed in other aspects of the research programs. The experiments took place at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory, the Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center, and the Frank Institute for Neutron Physics, JINR, Dubna, Russia. He has also conducted experimental research on properties of quantum solids, alloys of solidified gases, and high temperature superconductors.

Dr. Haase was the founding Director of The Science House, which annually serves over 5,000 teachers and 35,000 students across North Carolina. He has co-authored over 120 papers in experimental physics, and in science education. He co-edited one book of student learning activities and six volumes of Conference Proceedings on K-12 Outreach from University Science Departments.


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  • Dr. Haase was chosen 1990 Professor of the Year in the State of North Carolina by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He received the Alexander Holladay Medal for Excellence, NC State University in 1998 and the Pegram Medal for Excellence in Physics Education of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society in 2001. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and served as Chair-Elect of the Executive Board of the Forum on Education of the APS. He was named an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor in 1989.