Physicist and chemist Marius Stan, also known for his role as “Bogdan Wolynetz” on
the critically-acclaimed TV show Breaking Bad, will present “The Science of Cinema, The Cinema of Science” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23
in the Evelyn Chapel at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Stan is a nuclear engineering senior scientist and technical director for the Nuclear
Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation program at Argonne National Laboratory, a
multi-disciplinary science and engineering research center in Lemont, Ill. He also
holds an Intergovernmental Personnel Act position with the U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) and serves as senior advisor for modeling and simulation
to the assistant secretary at DOE-NE.
In 2008, Stan made his acting debut in Breaking Bad as Bogdan, a car wash owner and one-time boss of Walter White, the show’s protagonist.
As a recurring character, Stan became infamously known for his eyebrows, which even
have their own Facebook page.
A native of Romania, Stan earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University
of Bucharest and a doctorate in chemistry from Romanian Academy’s Institute of Physical
Chemistry. An award-winning scientist, Stan has authored one book, three book chapters,
over 60 peer-reviewed articles and over 120 presentations.
Stan’s lecture is sponsored by the Re-Centering the Humanities grant from the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation.