Dr. Stephen Swallen received his PhD in Chemical Physics from Stanford University in 1996. His dissertation focused on theoretical and experimental studies of intermolecular electron transfer, with advisor Michael Fayer. Stephen completed Post Doctoral studies at the University of Michigan with Raoul Kopelman in 1998, investigating light capture and energy transfer in organic supermolecules.
Stephen began his professional career as a Research Scientist at the University of Wisconsin. His work on relaxation mechanisms in molecular glasses led to the discovery of techniques for the preparation of ultra-stable amorphous materials. This work has been presented in over 30 journal manuscripts and has been successfully patented and licensed. Stephen realigned his career focus toward classroom teaching in 2011, and he is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Baraboo/Sauk County. He teaches a wide range of courses, and guides students in independent research projects, with a focus on Environmental Chemistry. Additionally, he has taken on an administrative role, and is now the Assistant Campus Dean at UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County.