Marc Costantino has been an Adjunct Instructor of Physics at Las Positas College since 1998. He worked from 1974 until retirement in 2006 as an experimental physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on a variety of research problems involving matter at extreme pressures and temperatures. Among them are the mechanical properties of geologic materials, properties of explosives and propellants, CARS spectroscopy of nitromethane, and fluid-fluid phase equilibrium in the water-nitrogen system. He now consults on the physics, chemistry, and engineering of a hypersonic wind tunnel. At LLNL, Dr. Costantino served as a Group Leader, as the Operations Manager for the Chemistry and Materials Science Directorate, and as the Technical Business and Operations Manager for the Environmental Programs Directorate.
Dr. Costantino received a B.S in Physics in 1967 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics and Materials Science in 1972 from Princeton University. He was on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1974, and retired in 2000 as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Dr. Costantino married Mary Elizabeth Lewis in 1966. They have three children, Esther, David, and Mary Marcelle.