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David Macaluso

David Macaluso

Assistant Professor

Phone: 406-243-6641
Office: CHCB 119
Office Hours:

Autumn 2013  MWF 12:10 PM - 1:30 PM and by appointment.

I am happy to help students and answer questions outside my normally scheduled office hours and I strongly encourage students to seek my assistance whenever necessary.  If I am not in my office, I can often be found in my lab, CHCB 020, or in the machine shop, CHCB 023.

Personal Summary

I am the proud husband of Maile Macaluso, a critical care certified registered nurse (CCRN) at Community Medical Center here in Missoula.  We have an amazing son, Lyell (named after the highest peak in Yosemite National Park), and a wonderful daughter, Claire (no mountains involved, we just love the name).  Somehow during my time earning two bachelors degrees and teaching middle and high school, I was also a working (and busy) professional musician and an avid cyclist: I am no longer the former, but I try to remain the latter.  My wife (who was a pack guide in Yosemite Valley before finding her calling in nursing) and I enjoy backpacking and camping and are learning to incorporate two munchkins into those activities.

Current Position

Autumn 2012: Modern Physics (PHSX 343), Electronics ( PHSX 220)

Autumn 2013: Modern Physics (PHSX 343), College Physics I ( PHSX 205N)

Spring 2014: Communicating Physics (PHSX 330), Advanced Lab ( PHSX 444)


B.S. Architectural Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 1995

B.A. Physics, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 2002

Doctoral Fellow In-residence, The Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2008-2010

Ph.D. Physics, University of Nevada, 2010

Teaching Experience

During my time as an undergraduate student, I was surprised by the number of professors who found themselves teaching in spite of their obvious disinterest in classroom instruction.  I was also surprised by the lack of teaching experience of many of my undergraduate professors.  While most made up for their teaching inexperience with enthusiasm, hard work, preparation, and natural talent, others could clearly have benefitted from additional instructional training and experience before assuming the role of university professor.  So in between earning my first bachelors degree and my PhD, I spent six very rewarding years teaching in secondary education.  I taught both middle and high school during that time in preparation for my eventual career as a university professor to learn more about teaching, to discover my own teaching style, and to test my mettle in front of the most challenging students on earth: hormonal 7th graders.  After my successful stint in secondary education, I taught several sections of both algebra- and calculus-based introductory physics laboratory at the University of Nevada as a graduate student and in the latter stages of my graduate career became the defacto guest lecturer for the department.  At UM, I have taught Electronics (PHSX 322) and Modern Physics (PHSX 343) and will be teaching Modern Physics and College Physics I (PHSX 205N) this fall.  I am also an active member of the UM Professional Education Council that governs the teacher training cirriculum on campus.


My research group has two primary projects:

Photoionization of ions via synchrotron radiation at the Advanced Light Source (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).

Scanning Photoionization Microscopy using ultrashort pulses from a ti:saph laser focused to a diffraction-limited spot and directed in-vacuo to a 2D translatable sample stage.