Michael Pravica

Professor, Physics
Expertise: General Physics, High Pressure Science, Explosives, X-ray Spectroscopies, Accelerator Physics, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Raman and Infrared Spectroscopy, Condensed Matter Experiment


Michael Pravica is an expert in general physics. He especially enjoys research focused on the study of matter at extreme conditions of high pressure, high temperature, and high radiation flux.

Pravica — well-known for his community activism and dedication to spreading the joy of science to the masses via television, radio, print media, and public forum appearances — has worked to further the field through development of several innovative concepts. They include: a) A new field of science, dubbed "useful hard x-ray chemistry," wherein high energy, penetrating and focused x-rays are harnessed to initiate novel chemistry in isolated and sealed chambers, and b) Ion Beam Nuclear Transmutation Doping, a novel method to dope wide bandgap semiconductors using penetrating, high-energy protrons initiating nuclear transmutation to create dopant layers.


  • Ph.D., Experimental condensed matter physics, Harvard University
  • M.A., Physics, Harvard University
  • B.S., Physics and applied mathematics (honors), California Institute of Technology

Michael Pravica In The News

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
March 5, 2019
Neon has proven to be a very important and a storied part of Nevada's history -- in particular, in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Sun
February 11, 2019
Thank you to Brian Greenspun for a wonderful column about UNLV (“UNLV now sits on a very short list,” Feb. 3).
KVVU-TV: Fox 5
March 14, 2018
FOX5's Peter Dawson shares how you can mark Pi Day in Southern Nevada.
Education Dive
March 13, 2018
Community engagement is a critical component of the work needed for higher education leaders to begin to turn the tide and change public opinion around the industry. It could mean partnering with unlikely messengers to spread the word, as in the case of UNLV's Dr. Michael Pravica, who teamed up with Bleacher Report and Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch to talk physics on Lynch's web series.

Articles Featuring Michael Pravica

Michael Pravica talks to Marshawn Lynch
PeopleOctober 31, 2017
Physics professor Michael Pravica teams up with Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch in Bleacher Report web series.