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Matthew Diasio


I recently finished my PhD in materials science and engineering at the University of Virginia. My research was in colloids, mixtures of different chemicals. (A common example is salad dressing, an emulsion of oil and water.)  I focused on colloids of graphene, which I made by blending graphite in different liquids. Outside the lab, you could find me practicing my science communication skills at UVA’s oldest literary society or getting involved in policy through the Graduate Engineering Student Council and the Science Policy Initiative. I’ve also managed social media for science policy and outreach groups, and even got to be a social media correspondent for the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope! For the last year, I’ve been part of the group organizing the Commonwealth of Virginia Engineering & Science Policy Fellowship that will start this summer. I’m excited to work with the Raleigh News & Observer so I can see how a local newspaper covers important issues in science, health, and technology. In my free time, I enjoy trying new cooking projects and playing board games, and I’m looking forward to having more time to read for fun now that I’m done with my dissertation. 


Matthew Diasio wears a suit with people and a green landscape in the background.

University of Virginia

Fellowship Sponsor: Heising-Simons Foundation

Fellowship Host: The Raleigh News & Observer