SUSANNE YELIN  Professor of Physics

University of Connecticut U-3046
2152 Hillside Road
Storrs, CT 06269-3046
UConn Physics Department

Room No: P-111
Tel: (860) 486 4899
Fax: (860) 486 3346


Curriculum Vitae


  • 1994–1998 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München, Germany, Physics, Ph.D.,(“Dr. rer. nat.”), A. Schenzle
  • 1988–1994 University of Stuttgart, Germany, Physics, Diplom, U. Weiss

Professional Appointments

  • 2010–present Harvard University, Physics, Senior Research Fellow
  • 2013–present University of Connecticut, Physics, Professor
  • 2008–2013 University of Connecticut, Physics, Associate Professor
  • 2008–2010 Associate Department Head for Administration
  • 2006–present Honors Advisor at UConn
  • 2002–present Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Research Affiliate
  • 2002–2008 University of Connecticut, Physics, Assistant Professor
  • 1999–2001 Solid State Scientific Corporation, Hollis, NH, Researcher,
  • 1999–2002 Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 1998–1999 Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 1994–1998 Texas A&M Univ., Physics, Research Assistant, M. O. Scully
  • Summers 94–97 Visiting Scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany
  • 01/95–05/95 Visiting Scientist at the Optical Sciences Center in Tucson, Arizona

Fellowships and Honors

  • Since 2017 Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 2013 Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics
  • 2009 CT Women of Innovation, Finalist
  • 2008 Physical Review/Physical Review Letters: Outstanding Referee
  • 1999–2000 Feodor Lynen Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation
  • 1997–1998 Doctoral Fellowship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German Scholarship Foundation)
  • 1996 Student presentation award at the Texas section meeting of the American Physical Society at Lubbock.
  • 1994–1996 Fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • 1991–1995 Fellowship from Studienstiftung

Synergistic activities

  • 2020, 2022 Vice Chair, then Chair of Quantum Science Gordon Research Conference
  • Since 2018 Harvard Quantum Initiative Executive Committee
  • Since 2018 DAMOP Executive Committee, Elected Member-at-Large
  • Since 2018 DAMOP Deborah Jin Doctoral Thesis Prize committee
  • 2016–2018 Member of APS Broida Prize committee (first Vice Chair, then Chair)
  • Since 2014 Editor of “Advances in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics,”, Elsevier
  • 2013 Organizer of 10-week polar molecule workshop at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, CA.
  • 2011 Co-Organizer of Topical Group workshop on Fundamental Science with Ultracold Molecules, Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (ITAMP)
  • 2010–present Scientific Board, ITAMP
  • 2010–present Principal Investigator of the MIT/Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms (CUA)
  • 2010–present Founder, Chair, then Member of UConn Physics Department Diversity Committee
  • 2009-2011 Member, Editorial Board, Physical Review A.
  • 01–07/2009 Visiting Professor at the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics in Munich, Germany.
  • 2009-2011 Program committee for DAMOP (Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics of the American Physics Society)
  • 2008 Organizing committee, International Conference on Atomic Physics, Storrs, CT.
  • 08/2005 Organizer, Workshop on quantum information with molecules, Washington, DC.