Mark A. Caprio

Mark Caprio


Professor Mark Caprio is an associate professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame.  He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in physics, including courses on computational and mathematical methods, electromagnetism, and nuclear physics.  He has also served as the mentor for numerous undergraduate research experiences related to his research program in nuclear theory.  Prof. Caprio has worked with colleagues to actively promote an environment conducive to the sharing of pedagogical ideas and the introduction of effective teaching practices, particularly through the initiation of biweekly departmental Pedagogy Coffee discussions. 

His efforts to integrate computational problem solving into the physics major were recognized with a 2010 Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.  This award honors outstanding early career scientists in the physical sciences for leadership in integrating science teaching and research at leading U.S. research universities.  Prof. Caprio is also the recipient of a 2014 Notre Dame Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Prof. Caprio received his Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University, where he also worked as a postdoctoral researcher.  He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2007.  His research at Notre Dame is in the field of nuclear structure theory, where he focuses on computational methods and the microscopic origins of collective phenomena.  His work addresses the challenging problem of predicting the strongly correlated motion of protons and neutrons within the nucleus directly from the underlying interactions of these constituent particles.