Olivia Castellini, Ph.D.

Senior Exhibit Developer

Content expertise: physics, nanotechnology, materials science, solid state physics, microscopy, women in science, communicating science to the public

Dr. Castellini, a physicist by training, has translated fundamental science and cutting-edge research into compelling museum experiences on a variety of topics.  She was part of the core creative team behind Science Storms, MSI's 26,000 square-foot exhibition about the amazing science that underlies natural phenomena. Castellini is also active in research into public understanding of science and nanotechnology, which has resulted in several journal publications, refereed conference proceedings and invited talks. Dr. Castellini earned her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Dr. Castellini has been interviewed live on Good Morning America and the Weather Channel, was featured as an science expert on Oprah’s Life Class, and has appeared on local Chicago television news many times. She has also been interviewed for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. Dr. Castellini has been an invited speaker at the Annual Conference for Women Engineers, the American Association of Museums Annual Meeting and the Nanostructured Advanced Materials conference, among others.