Dr. DeGottardi is a condensed matter theorist with broad interests in (1) systems displaying non-trivial band topology or topological order and (2) low-dimensional quantum liquids, particularly in one dimension. These systems are fundamentally different from everyday materials and exhibit a beautiful array of exotic phenomena. To study these systems is to get a glimpse of universes dramatically different from our own, complete with their own physical laws and elementary particles. This work also finds practical applications in a diverse set of areas including quantum information, nanotechnology, nanophotonics, and even astrophysics. DeGottardi received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He did postdoctoral work at Argonne National Lab and the University of Maryland. Before joining the faculty at TTU, he studied superconductors in the context of quantum computation at Northrop Grumman.