Prize Recipient

Ariel Paul

Ariel Paul
University of Colorado Boulder


"for the systematic development, dissemination, and evaluation of the physics education tool, PhET Interactive Simulations project, used world-wide by millions of students and their teachers."


Dr. Ariel Paul oversees the design and development of PhET’s interactive simulations at the University of Colorado. An advocate for broadening participation in STEM and has led physics demonstration shows as outreach for students of all ages, having taught physics at the high school and undergraduate levels. He received his B.A. in physics in 1999 from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the university’s PhET team, Ariel received his Ph.D. in physics in 2007 from the University of Colorado for his research focused on coherent imaging with EUV light. Following his Ph.D., he also completed an apprenticeship in scientific instrument making.

Selection Committee:

2018 Selection Committee Members: Ken Heller (Chair), Mats Selen (Vice Chair), Howard Matis ('17 recipient), Dawn Meredith, Dave Pritchard, Toni Sauncy