Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2023
  • M.A., Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2020
  • B.A., Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 2017
Professional Honors
  • Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2019
Professional Affiliations
  • American Physical Society, member. 2019-2023.

Dr. Costello is an expert on the interactions between light, especially visible and infrared light, and matter. He has extensive experience in using visible and infrared optics to investigate a variety of materials, including semiconductors, semiconducting heterostructures, and strongly driven systems. While investigating these material systems, Dr. Costello has developed expertise in experimental methods such as optical absorption, ultra-high vacuum systems, cryogenics, semiconductor fabrication methods, electronics, and free electron laser operation. In addition, Dr. Costello has extensive experience in using software such as Python, Matlab, Wolfram Mathematica, Zemax Optic Studio, and Labview for statistical analysis, modeling, data analysis, and data visualization. Dr. Costello also utilized GitHub to develop python software for data analysis and data visualization.

Before joining Exponent, Dr. Costello earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara studying condensed matter physics. His work focused on understanding the behavior of electrons in strongly driven semiconductors. As a graduate student, Dr. Costello was responsible for all aspects of his experiments including inception, experiment design, sample fabrication, performance of the experiment, upkeep of equipment, data analysis, and communication of results. As a result, Dr. Costello has developed a well-rounded experimental skillset that is especially applicable to the optics, electronics, and data science industries.

At Exponent, Dr. Costello has worked in laser safety analysis, standards review related to lasers and optical hazards, and failure analysis of a variety of electronics products.

Dr. Costello's work has been published in prestigious journals such as Nature, and presented at conferences such as the American Physical Society March Meeting and the Optical Terahertz Science and Technology Conference.