Speaker Biographies

Charles Kane received his B.S. in physics from the University of Chicago in 1985 and his Ph.D. in physics from MIT in 1989.  After a two year post doc at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center he joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently Professor of Physics and Astronomy.  Professor Kane is known for his theoretical work on the quantum Hall effect, Luttinger liquids and carbon nanotubes.  Recently his research has focused on the theory of topological phenomena in insulators, superconductors and strongly correlated electronic materials.   Professor Kane is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and his work on the theory of topological insulators has been recognized by the 2010 Europhysics prize of the European Physical Society, the 2012 Oliver Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society, and the 2012 P.A.M. Dirac Medal and Prize of the International Center for Theoretical Physics.


Tresa Pollock is the Alcoa Professor and Chair of the Department of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She graduated with a B.S. from Purdue University in 1984, and a Ph.D. from MIT in 1989.  Dr. Pollock was employed at General Electric Aircraft Engines from 1989 to 1991, where she conducted research and development on high temperature alloys for aircraft turbine engines.  She was a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University from 1991 to 1999 and the University of Michigan from 2000 - 2010.  Her current research focuses on the processing and properties of structural materials and coatings and on the use of ultrafast lasers for microfabrication and materials diagnostics.  Professor Pollock was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2005, is a Fellow of TMS and ASM International, Associate Editor of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions and was the 2005-2006 President of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.


Matthew Tirrell is the founding Pritzker Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, and Senior Scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory. Tirrell received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern and a Ph.D. in 1977 in Polymer Science from the University of Massachusetts. From 1977-1999, he was on the faculty of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science at the University of Minnesota, where he served as head from 1995-99. From 1999-2009, Tirrell was Dean of Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials at UC Santa Barbara. From 2009-11, Tirrell was Arnold & Barbara Silverman Professor and Chair of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley and Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research has been in polymer surface properties, adsorption, adhesion, surface treatment, friction, lubrication, biocompatibility and self-assembly. He has coauthored about 300 papers and one book and has supervised about 80 Ph.D. students and 40 postdocs. Professor Tirrell has been a Sloan and a Guggenheim Fellow, Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar, has received the Colburn, Stine, Walker and Professional Progress Awards from AIChE, and was the Institute Lecturer in 2001. He is a member of the NAE, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Indian NAE, and is a Fellow of: the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, the AAAS, and the APS.


Prof. Jay Schieber is currently director of the Center for molecular study of condensed soft matter (μCoSM), Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Professor of Physics, all at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He received his bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois-Urbana, and his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prof. Schieber subsequently was a NATO-NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universit¨at Freiburg in Germany, in the Physics Department. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University before becoming a faculty at the University of Houston. He has received three departmental teaching awards, was the Hougen Scholar at the University of Wisconsin in 2004, and has been a visiting professor at ETH-Zurich, Switzerland; the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Nagoya University in Japan, Technical University/Delft in the Netherlands; Technical University/Eindhoven in the Netherlands; and Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Mexico City. His research focuses on transport phenomena in soft matter and complex fluids, including experiment, theory and computation.


Mark Ediger received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1984 and moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor.  He is currently the Hyuk Yu Professor of Chemistry at UW-Madison.  His research is focused on problems for which the dynamics of molecules influence the properties of amorphous materials, and includes work on polymeric and low molecular weight organic glassformers.  He has served as Chair for both the Liquids and the Polymer Physics Gordon Conferences.  He has served as Chair for the Division of Polymer Physics of the American Physical Society, and on the editorial advisory boards of Macromolecules, the Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics Edition, and the Journal of Chemical Physics.  Ediger’s work has been recognized with the Dillon Medal of the American Physical Society and the Hildebrand Award of the American Chemical Society.


John E. Allison is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Michigan. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of ASM and recipient of two Henry Ford Technology Awards from Ford Motor Company. Dr. Allison was the 2002 President of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) and served on the US National Materials Advisory Board from 2001-2007.  He has over 160 publications and 5 patents. Dr. Allison received his PhD in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Carnegie-Mellon University, his MS in Metallurgical Engineering from The Ohio State University and his BS in Engineering Mechanics from the US Air Force Academy.


Sarah H. Tolbert is a professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA.  Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, she received a B.S. from Yale University, a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley, and was an NSF postdoctoral fellow at U.C. Santa Barbara.  Her research focuses on controlling nanometer-scale architecture in solution-processed nanomaterials to generate unique optical, electronic, magnetic, structural, and electrochemical properties.  Her group specifically focuses on solar energy harvesting, electrochemical energy storage, nanomagnetics, and new ultra-hard materials.  She also leads a program aimed at bringing nano-concepts to high school students in the greater LA area.  Professor Tolbert is the recipient of a number of awards including the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a Beckman Young Investigator Award, and a Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship.


Prof. Dr. Dirk J. Broer is a materials scientist and specialized in polymer structuring and self-organizing polymer networks. He received his PhD in 1990 from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He started his career in 1973 at Philips Research (Eindhoven, Netherlands). Research topics were vapor phase polymerization, optical data storage, telecommunication fibers and liquid crystal networks. In 1990/1991 he worked at the DuPont Experimental Station (Delaware, USA) on nonlinear optical materials and vapor phase deposition of p-conjugated polymers. From 1991, back at Philips Research, he developed optical films for LCD enhancement. In 2000 he started his work on new manufacturing technologies for large area displays and electronic wallpaper. From 2003 to 2010 he was senior research fellow and vice president at Philips Research Laboratories. In 1996 he was appointed as part-time professor at Eindhoven University of Technology covering research topics as advanced liquid crystal applications, polymer waveguides, solar energy, organic semiconductors, lithography, soft actuators and microfluidics. From 2010 he is appointed as fulltime professor in Eindhoven coordinating the department ‘Functional Organic Materials & Devices’ with a research emphasis on clean technologies as energy management, water treatment and healthcare. Prof. Broer is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In total, he has around 240 publications in peer reviewed journals and more than 120 US patents. Materials that he developed are now widely used in practically every flat panel television display.


Dave Weitz received his PhD from Harvard.  He worked at Exxon Research and Engineering as a research physicist for nearly 18 years, and then became a Professor of Physics at the University of Pennsylvania.  He moved to Harvard just before the end of the last century, and is currently Professor of Physics and Applied Physics.  He is also the director of Harvard's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.  He helped arrange the establishment of the BASF Advance Research Initiative at Harvard, which he co-directs.  Several start-up companies have come from his lab to exploit some of the technological applications developed in his group.


Emily Carter is the Founding Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University and the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, as well as Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics. Her current research is focused entirely on enabling discovery and design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy, including converting sunlight to electricity and fuels, providing clean electricity from solid oxide fuel cells, clean and efficient combustion of biofuels, optimizing lightweight metal alloys for fuel-efficient vehicles, and characterizing hydrogen isotope incorporation into plasma facing components of fusion reactors. Professor Carter received her B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1982 (graduating Phi Beta Kappa) and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech in 1987.   After a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder, she spent the next 16 years on the faculty of UCLA as a Professor of Chemistry and later of Materials Science and Engineering. She moved to Princeton University in 2004. She holds courtesy appointments in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and three interdisciplinary institutes (PICSciE, PRISM, and PEI). The author of over 260 publications, she has delivered more than 430 invited lectures all over the world and serves on numerous international advisory boards spanning a wide range of disciplines.  Her scholarly work has been recognized by a number of national and international awards and honors from a variety of entities, including the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Vacuum Society, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. She received the 2007 ACS Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, was elected in 2008 to both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, in 2009 was elected to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, in 2011 was awarded the August Wilhelm von Hoffmann Lecture of the German Chemical Society, and in 2012 received a Docteur Honoris Causa from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.  You can learn more about her at http://carter.princeton.edu.


Dr. Stuart Parkin is an IBM Fellow (IBM’s highest technical honor), Manager of the Magnetoelectronics group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, and a Consulting professor in the Dept. of Applied Physics at Stanford University.  He is also director of the IBM–Stanford Spintronic Science and Applications Center. Dr. Parkin's research interests include oxide thin film heterostructures, high-temperature superconductors, and, magnetic thin film structures and spintronic materials and devices for advanced sensor, memory, and logic applications. Parkin’s discoveries in magneto-resistive thin film structures enabled a 1000 fold increased in the storage capacity of magnetic disk drives.  Most recently, Parkin is working on a novel storage class memory device, “Racetrack Memory“. Parkin is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society (London), an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and an Associate Fellow of TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world.  Parkin is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including, the American Physical Society International Prize for New Materials (1994), the Europhysics Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Solid State Physics (1997), and the 1999-2000 American Institute of Physics (AIP) Prize for Industrial Application of Physics.  Parkin has received Honorary Doctorates from RWTH Aachen, Eindhoven University of Science and Technology, University of Regensburg, and University of Kaiserslautern.   Most recently Parkin received the 2008 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for his work on MRAM, the 2009 IUPAP Magnetism Prize and Neel Medal for outstanding contributions to the science of magnetism, the APS 2012 David Adler Lectureship Award, and the 2012 von Hippel Award from the Materials Research Society. Parkin has authored ~400 papers and has ~93 issued patents.


Gregory C. Rutledge is the Lammot du Pont Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT.  He holds a BS degree from the University of Virginia and PhD from MIT, both in chemical engineering.  Prior to obtaining his PhD, Prof. Rutledge worked for the Dow Chemical Company.  He subsequently held postdoctoral appointments at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich and at the University of Leeds, England.  Since joining the faculty at MIT, he has served as Director for the Program in Polymer Science and Technology and as Executive Officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering, in addition to positions on numerous committees.  Prof. Rutledge’s research is in the area of molecular engineering of soft matter, in particular the development of process-structure-property relationships for engineered polymers, through the use of molecular simulation and experiment.  Since 2001 he and his coworkers have published extensively on the fabrication, properties and applications of polymeric nanofibers and nonwoven membranes formed by the process of electrospinning.  He has authored or co-authored over 200 papers in refereed journals, book chapters and archival conference proceedings, 150 invited lectures and 11 patent applications or issued.  Prof. Rutledge is an associate editor or editorial board member for Macromolecules, Polymer, and the Journal of Engineering Fibers and Fabrics.  He is a 1994 recipient of the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the H.A. Morton Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Polymer Science at the University of Akron in 2000, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 2005.


Gerbrand Ceder is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He received an engineering degree from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991.  Dr. Ceder’s research interests lie in the computationally driven design of novel materials for energy generation and storage, including battery materials, thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, and photocatalysts.  He has worked for 16 years in the Li-battery field, optimizing several new electrodes materials and has regularly served as scientific advisor to companies and investors in this area. He has published over 290 scientific papers, and holds several U.S. patents. He has served on MIT’s Energy Council as well as on several DOE committees, including workgroup preparing the Basic Needs for Electrical Energy Storage report.  He has received the MRS Gold Medal,  the Battery Research Award from the Electrochemical Society for his work on understanding battery materials, the Career Award from the National Science Foundation, and the Robert Lansing Hardy Award from The Metals, Minerals and Materials Society, as well as several teaching awards at MIT.  He is a co-founder of Computational Modeling Consultants, Pellion Technologies, and The Materials Project, which provides computed materials property data to the research community.


Peter Voorhees is the Frank C. Engelhart Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, and Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics.  He is co-director of the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He was a member of the Metallurgy Division at the National Institute for Standards and Technology until joining the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University in 1988.    He has received numerous awards including the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, ASM International Materials Science Division Research Award (Silver Medal), the TMS Bruce Chalmers Award, the J. Willard Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award from ASM, the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science Award for Teaching Excellence, and is listed as a Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information. Professor Voorhees is a fellow of ASM International, the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, and the American Physical Society. He has published over 190 papers in the area of the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations.


Peter B. Littlewood is Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. He holds a bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences (Physics) and a Ph.D. in Physics, both from the University of Cambridge. He came to Argonne from Cambridge University, United Kingdom, where he was Head of the Cavendish Laboratory and the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He previously headed the Theory of Condensed Matter group at the Cavendish Laboratory. During a 2003-2004 sabbatical leave, he was Matthias Scholar at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prior to joining Cambridge, he worked at Bell Laboratories from 1980 through 1997, finishing his time there as head of Theoretical Physics Research. He was named a distinguished member of Bell Labs' technical staff in 1989. He has been a consultant for Los Alamos National Laboratory, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. A physicist by training, Littlewood is responsible for Argonne's fundamental science capabilities in materials science, nanoscience, chemical sciences and engineering, physics and high energy physics. He works with Argonne senior leadership to manage and integrate the laboratory's strategies, with a particular focus on materials for energy. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Physics in the James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago.A holder of six patents, he has published more than 200 articles in scientific journals and has given more than 100 invited talks at international conferences, universities and laboratories. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of London, the Institute of Physics, the TWAS, Trinity College Cambridge and the American Physical Society.


Ken Schweizer received his B.S. in physics from Drexel University and a Ph.D. in physics in 1981 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). After a postdoc in the Chemical Physics Department at AT&T Bell Labs, he joined Sandia National Laboratories as a research scientist in the Materials Directorate. In 1991 he moved to UIUC where he is presently the G. Ronald and Margaret H. Morris Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and also a member of the faculties of Chemistry and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. His research interests are centered on developing and applying predictive microscopic statistical mechanical theories of the structure, thermodynamics, phase behavior, slow dynamics and rheology of soft materials including polymers, colloids and nanocomposites in the liquid, crystal, rubber network, liquid crystalline, gel and glass states. He has served as Chair of the Polymer Physics Division of the American Physical Society, and Associate Director of the NSF Center for the Directed Assembly of Nanostructures. Honors include the John H. Dillon Medal, Polymer Physics Prize and fellowship from the American Physical Society, two Department of Energy awards for outstanding materials research, and departmental and engineering college teaching excellence awards.


Alex Zunger’s research field is Condensed Matter Theory of Real Materials. His main interest is electronic structure of solids, nanostructures, and renewable energy materials, as well as in the development of fundamental theoretical methods for describing the above, including the “Inverse Band Structure”.

He has received the Inaugural,2011 “Materials Theory Award” of the MRS , the 2010 Tomassoni Physics Prize and the Science Medal of Scola Physica Romana (University of Rome), commemorating the contribution of E. Fermi  to physics  ; the 2009 Johannes Guttenberg award of the University of Mainz ; the 2001 John Bardeen award of The Material Society for  his “seminal contributions to the theoretical understanding and prediction of spontaneous ordering  in alloys “  ;the 2001  Rahman Award of the American Physical Society  “for his pioneering work on the computational basis for first-principles electronic structure theory of solids.”  He is receiving the year 2013” Hume Rothery Award” of the TMS on his work on theory of alloys. See :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Zunger .

Raised and educated in Israel, he received his Ph.D. from Tel-Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, and did his postdoctoral research was at Northwestern University, Physics Department.  He then received an IBM Fellowship at the University of California–Berkeley, Physics Department.  Dr. Zunger established the Solid State Theory group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado where he has trained over the years more than 77 post-doctoral fellows ).He is currently  a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and Chief Scientist of the “ Energy Frontier Research Center on Inverse Design”  .

The impact of Dr. Zunger’s work is partially reflected by the number of citations that his papers Institute of Scientific Information [ISI] Web of Science and by his high “h-number”  (Exceeding 100) . His papers were cited more than 52,000 times, according to ISI .He is the author of the fifth-most-cited paper in the 110-year history of Physical Review (out of more than 350,000 articles published in that journal; see arxiv.org/abs/physics/0407137).   He has authored more than 600 articles in refereed journals, which includes over 150 articles in Physical Review Letters and Rapid Communications and three citation classics.  ISI has declared him as the 39th most-cited physicist out of more than 500,000 physicists examined, based on publications in 1981–1997 in all branches of physics.

He is a  Fellow of the American Physical Society, and the Director of the  U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Basic Energy Sciences (BES) “Center for Inverse Design” (see www.centerforinversedesign.org).  His contact email is : alex.zunger@Colorado.edu


Karin M. Rabe received her AB in physics from Princeton University (1982) and her PhD in physics from MIT (1987).  Following two postdoctoral years in the Theory Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories, she joined the Departments of Applied Physics and Physics at Yale University, with tenure in 1995, and moved to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers in 2000. She has published more than 130 papers in the theoretical analysis and prediction of the structure and properties of materials, with the successful application of these methods to the design of new functional materials, including ferroelectrics, antiferroelectrics, piezoelectrics,  multiferroics, and materials with metal-insulator transitions. Recently she has focused on the effects of epitaxial strain and interfaces in thin films and superlattices. She is co-editor and co-author of the book “Physics of Ferroelectrics: a Modern Perspective,” published in 2007. She is currently a Vice President of the Aspen Center for Physics.  Her professional recognition includes a Presidential Young Investigator award (1990), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (1991), fellowship in the American Physical Society (2003), the David Adler Lectureship Award in Materials Physics from the American Physical Society (2008), and fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011).


Frank S. Bates is a Regents Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. He received a B.S. in Mathematics from SUNY Albany in 1976, and M.S. and Sc.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 1979 and 1982. Between 1982 and 1989 Bates was a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories then joined the University of Minnesota as an Associate Professor. He was promoted to Professor in 1991, named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in 1996, appointed Department Head in 1999, and became a Regents Professor in 2007. Professor Bates conducts research on a range of topics related to polymers, with a particular focus on the thermodynamics and dynamics of block copolymers and blends. In 1988 Bates was named a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs, in 1989 he received the John H. Dillon Medal and in 1997 the Polymer Physics Prize, both from the American Physical Society where he is a Fellow. He won the 2004 David Turnbull Lectureship Award from the Materials Research Society, shared the ACS Cooperative Research Award in 2008, was awarded the 2008 Sustained Research Prize by the Neutron Scattering Society of America and he is the 2012 Institute Lecturer of the AIChE. Bates was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2002. In 2005 he was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2010 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science.


Jens Nørskov received his PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Aarhus, Denmark in 1979. Presently he is professor of Chemical Engineering and of Photon Science at Stanford University and at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He holds the Leland T. Edwards Professorship in Engineering at Stanford and is director of the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis. Jens Nørskov’s research aims at developing theoretical methods and concepts to understand and predict properties of materials. He is particularly interested in surface chemical properties, heterogeneous catalysis, electro-catalysis and the link to enzyme function. Jens Nørskov has received several awards, most recently the Giuseppe Parravano Award (2011), the Alwin Mittasch Award (2009), the Gerhard Ertl Lecture Award (2009), and the ACS Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis (2009). He was named Doctor Honoris Causa at the Technical University of Eindhoven in 2006 and at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2012. Jens Nørskov is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters (1996) and the Danish Academy of Engineering (1987).


Vin Crespi is a Distinguished Professor of Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State University. He received his Ph.D. in physics at UC Berkeley, and joined the faculty at Penn State in 1997. He is currently the Director of the Penn State Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. His research covers a broad range of condensed matter theory, from simple analytical models to large-scale computation. Topics of research include mechanical and electronic properties of semiconducting and metallic nanostructures, carbon nanotubes, mechanical response of cellulose, neutron star crust phase diagrams, superconductivity, surface science, semiconductor alloys, energy storage, magnetic frustration, molecular and catalytic motors, photonic materials, phyllotaxis, information theory applied to materials, and self-assembly. Research on carbon nanostructures includes work on topologically constrained chemical bonding, induction of gaps through novel, reversible interactions, and design of reactive electromechanical nanodevices based on nanotubes. Work on public outreach includes contributing towards the development of five hands-on museum kits on nanomaterials. He holds three patents on carbon materials, is a Packard Fellow and NSF CAREER recipient. He is an Executive Editor of AIP Advances (also present or past editor of Physical Review B and  J. Physics Condensed Matter). He has founded (and since sold) a small information technology company. His name appears on a blackboard in the movie Fat Man and Little Boy, if you know where to look.


Marcus Müller received his Ph.D. in 1995 from the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz working with Kurt Binder on structure and thermodynamics of polymer blends.  After a visit to the EPCC Edinburgh, Scotland, studying ring polymers with Mike Cates, he went as a Feodor-Lynen fellow to the University of Washington, Seattle, where he worked with Michael Schick on homopolymer/copolymer mixtures and, later, fusion of model bilayer membranes.  He returned to Mainz and obtained his Habilitation in theoretical physics in 1999.  Before joining the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Göttingen, Germany, in 2005, he was an associate professor in the department of physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and a Heisenberg fellow of the German Science Foundation (DFG), and he stayed at the INIFTA, La Plata and UNSAM, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The APS awarded him the 2004 John H. Dillon Medal and, in the same year, he received a Lichtenberg professorship of the Volkswagen foundation. Since 2008, he is a full professor of theoretical physics in Göttingen. Müller is (co)author of about 230 publications and 2 patents. Using advanced computer simulation and self-consistent field theory, he investigates collective phenomena in lipid membranes, kinetics of phase transformation, wetting phenomena, polymer flow and slippage at surfaces. Another focus of his research is the development of top-down coarse-grained models for structure formation in polymer blends, copolymers and polymer brushes and efficient multi-scale simulation techniques.


Matthias Scheffler obtained his PhD in Physics from the Technical University Berlin, Germany (1978), and was then scientific staff member at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt in Braunschweig (1978-1987). In 1979/80 he spent a year at IBM Yorktown Heights. In 1988 he became founding director of the Theory Department of the Fritz Haber Institute, where he has been since then. He is honorary professor at the Technical University Berlin and at the Free University Berlin. In 2004 UC Santa Barbara appointed him “Distinguished Visiting Professor for Computational Material Science and Engineering”, and he spends about three months per year there. Scheffler’s research focuses on understanding fundamental aspects of physical and chemical properties of surfaces, interfaces, clusters, nanostructures, and bulk based on electronic-structure theory. Present activities include catalytic reactions at surfaces, thermal conductivity, thermoelectric materials, defects in semiconductors, inorganic/organic hybrid materials, and biophysics. These are multi-scale modeling studies linking first-principles electronic-structure calculations, ab initio molecular dynamics, and methods from thermodynamics and statistical mechanics to enable understanding of meso- and macroscopic phenomena occurring under realistic (T, p) conditions. Additionally, he is engaged in developing advanced theoretical methods to treat electron correlations for the ground state and for excited states, as well as computer codes to perform large-scale calculations on high-performance computers.


Francois Gygi is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of
California Davis. He received a PhD in Physics from the Ecole Polytechnique
Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland in 1988 and worked as a post-doctoral
researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories and at the IBM Zurich Laboratory. He later
 moved to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before joining the UC Davis 
Faculty in 2005.  His research focuses on the development of high-performance 
parallel algorithms for electronic structure calculations and first-principles 
molecular dynamics.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the 
recipient of the 2006 ACM Gordon Bell award for Peak Performance. His recent 
work includes contributions to software infrastructure for the verification and 
validation of electronic structure computations.


Ka Yee C. Lee received her Sc.B. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University in 1986, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1987 and 1992, respectively. Lee did her first postdoctoral training in Chemistry at Stanford University, and her second in Chemical Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1998, she joined the faculty of the University of Chicago and is a professor in the Department of Chemistry, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, and the James Franck Institute. Lee currently serves as the director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the interaction of lipids with proteins or polymers at interfaces, and has elucidated the role of membrane in protein aggregation, the functioning of lung surfactant, the targeting selectivity of antimicrobial peptides, the mechanism of membrane sealing by polymers, as well as the interaction of cholesterol with lipids in membranes. She also works on the development of bio-inspired materials. Her awards include: 1998 Dreyfus New Faculty Award; 1999 March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award; 1999 Searle Scholar Award; 1999-2004 David and Lucile Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering; 1999 American Health Assistance Foundation Ruth Salta Junior Investigator Achievement Award in Alzheimer’s Disease Research; 2001 Oakley Dayhoff Award, Biophysical Society Margaret; 2001 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship; 2009 Astella USA Foundation Award, American Chemical Society. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and serves in the NSF MRSEC Executive Committee (Chair, 2011-2012). Lee has also received numerous awards for her teaching and educational outreach activities, including the 2007 Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She serves on the advisory boards of several national research centers and is a member of the editorial board of the Biophysical Journal and the Journal of Chemical Physics.


Katsuyo Thornton is an associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Her research focuses on computational studies of the evolution of microstructures and their effects in a wide range of materials, including metals, semiconductors, oxides, and biomaterials.  She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago in 1997.  She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University and a Visiting Lecturer and Scientist at MIT, both in Materials Science and Engineering, followed by three years as a research assistant professor in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University.  She has organized numerous symposiums, and she was the primary guest editor of the MRS Bulletin, June 2008 issue on three-dimensional materials science.  She also has served in a leadership role as the inaugural Chair of the Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) Committee within TMS and continues to promote ICME as one of the organizers of the 2013 ICME Congress, which will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah in July.  Transforming undergraduate and graduate education in materials science and engineering to include computational approaches is a passion of hers, which has led her to establish the Annual Summer School for Integrated Computational Materials Education, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation.  To date, over 70 participants who are interested in incorporating computation into materials science and engineering curricula have attended the Summer School and associated short course.  She is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow Award, NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, and Carl Sagan Excellence in Teaching Award.


Christopher Jones leads a research group at Georgia Tech that works in the broad areas of materials, catalysis and adsorption. Dr. Jones is the founding Editor-in-Chief of ACS Catalysis.  In 2010, he was recognized for his work in catalysts with the Ipatieff Prize, given by the American Chemical Society.  In 2011, he was named the Georgia Tech Outstanding Faculty Research Author for the years 2005-2010 from among the 900+ faculty, one of the highest honors at Georgia Tech.  Most recently, he was selected for recognition with the 2013 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis by the North American Catalysis Society.


Chris G. Van de Walle is a Professor in the Materials Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Prior to joining UCSB in 2004, he was a Principal Scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).  He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1986. He was a postdoctoral scientist at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York (1986-1988); a Senior Member of Research Staff at Philips Laboratories in Briarcliff Manor, New York (1988-1991); and an Adjunct Professor of Materials Science at Columbia University (1991). He has published over 260 research papers, holds 22 patents, and has given over 130 invited and plenary talks at international conferences. His research interests include first-principles calculations for materials, defects and doping in semiconductors and oxides, surfaces and interfaces, the physics of hydrogen in materials, efficiency of light emitters, and novel materials for electronics. Prof. Van de Walle is a Fellow of the APS, MRS, AAAS, AVS, and IEEE.  He is the recipient of a Humboldt Award for Senior US Scientist and the David Adler Award from the APS. He has chaired three conferences and was Program Chair for the 27th International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors in 2004.


Juan de Pablo is the Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. He is also a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Prior to joining the newly founded Institute for Molecular Engineering at Chicago in September of 2012, he held the Howard Curler Professorship and the Hilldale Professorship at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. At Wisconsin, he served as the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (UW-MRSEC) on Nanostructured Interfaces. Prof. de Pablo also served as Director of the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Nanotechnology (CNTECH).  Prof. de Pablo received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from the National University of Mexico (UNAM). He specializes in the multi-scale modeling and characterization of complex fluids, macromolecular and biomolecular solutions, and polymeric materials for advanced applications. He is the author of over 350 publications, a textbook, and more than 20 patents. He has received a wide range of awards, including a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from President W. Clinton, a Teacher-Scholar Award from the Dreyfus Foundation, the Byron Bird Award for Excellence in a Research Publication, and the Stine Award for excellence in materials research from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters, the Journal of Physics - Condensed Matter, Materials Science and Engineering Reports, Macromolecules, the Journal of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering, and Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science.


Yet-Ming Chiang is Kyocera Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He holds S.B. and Sc.D. degrees from MIT, where he has been a faculty member since 1984.  His research focuses primarily on advanced materials and their role in clean energy. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and the Materials Research Society.  He has published over 200 scientific articles, one textbook, and holds over 40 issued patents and a similar number of pending patent applications.  Chiang’s research has in several instances seeded commercial technology development, including the spin-out of four companies from MIT.  High power nanoscale olivine cathodes developed in his laboratory are today in commercial use in power tools, electric transportation (HEVs, PHEVs and EVs, with >350 million road miles driven), and grid scale storage (90 MW installed worldwide).  His research in electrochemical-mechanical coupling resulted in a class of electrochemical actuators now being developed for wearable, disposable drug infusion therapies.  A new type of flow battery based on high energy density particle suspension electrodes is under development for ultralow-cost large scale energy storage.  Chiang serves on numerous government and academic advisory committees and study panels.


CHRIS J. PALMSTRØM is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Materials Departments at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research involves atomic level control and interface formation during molecular beam and chemical beam epitaxial growth of metallic compounds, metal oxides and compound semiconductors. He received his B.Sc. in physics and electronic engineering and Ph.D. in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Leeds. After being a Lecturer in Norway and a Research Associate at Cornell, he joined Bellcore as a Member of Technical Staff in 1985. From 1994-2007 he was a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota in 2004 and became the Amundson Chair Professor In 2007 he joined the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has pioneered dissimilar materials epitaxial growth studies using a combination of molecular beam epitaxial growth with in-situ surface science probes including STM, XPS and AES, and ex-situ structural and electronic characterization. An important aspect of his work has been to go beyond surface science and structural studies to make materials for device structures allowing for detailed electrical and optical measurements of materials and interfacial properties. Specific studies have emphasized metallization of semiconductors, dissimilar materials epitaxial growth, thin film analysis, and molecular beam and chemical beam epitaxial growth of III-V semiconductor heterostructures, metallic compounds, metal oxides, multifunctional, magnetic, thermoelectric, and spintronic materials, and superconductors. He is the author of 225+ publications, including five review chapters and research monographs. Chris is a Fellow of AVS  APS, and MRS.


Michael D. Ward received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the William Paterson College of New Jersey in 1977 and his Ph.D. degree at Princeton University in 1981. He was a Welch postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas,Austin, between 1981 and 1982. He joined the research staff at Standard Oil of Ohio in Cleveland in 1982, and in 1984 he became a member of the research staff at the Dupont Central Research and Development Laboratories in Wilmington, Delaware. Ward joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota in 1990 and was the Director of the University of Minnesota Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) from 1998 – 2005. He moved to New York University in 2006 to create the Molecular Design Institute within the Department of Chemistry at NYU, where he is a Silver Professor, Chair of the Department of Chemistry, and Director of the NYU MRSEC. Ward also has served as an Editor for the ACS journal Chemistry of Materials since 1998. He is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, the American Chemical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His current research interests includeorganic solid-state chemistry, crystallization, polymorphism, biominerals in biomedicine and disease, organic epitaxy, and atomic force microscopy.


Monica Olvera de la Cruz obtained her B.A. in Physics from the UNAM, Mexico, in 1981, and her Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge University, UK, in 1985. She was a guest scientist (1985-86) in the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD. She joined Northwestern University in 1986, where she is the Lawyer Taylor Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, and of Chemical & Biological Engineering and the director of the Materials Research Center. From 1995-97 she became a Staff Scientist in the Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique, Saclay, France, where she also held visiting scientist positions in 1993 and in 2003. She has developed theoretical models to determine the thermodynamics, statistics and dynamics of macromolecules in complex environments including multicomponent solutions of heterogeneous synthetic and biological molecules, and molecular electrolytes. 

Her major awards/honors include: 2012 National Academy of Sciences; 2010 American Academy of Arts and Sciences; 2010 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (DoD); 2007 Cozzarelli Prize, National Academy of Science (NAS); 1990-95 Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation (NSF); 1990-92 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship; 1989-94 David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a member of the NAS NRC Board on Physics and Astronomy (2010-15). She has served in many other committees including the NAS NRC Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee (Chair 2010-12, Vice-Chair 2008-10, Member 2006-10) and Research at the Intersection of Life and Physical Sciences Committee (2007-09), the NSF Mathematical Physical Science Directorate Advisory Committee (2005-09; DMR Chair, 2007-09) and the NSF MRSEC Executive Committee (Chair, 2008-09). She has directed various educational programs and has taught in prestigious schools and workshops. She serves on the advisory boards of many national research centers and is a member of the editorial board of Macromolecules, J. Polymer Science Polymer B: Polymer Physics, Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science, and Annual Review of Materials Research.


Sharon C. Glotzer is the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also holds faculty appointments in Physics, Applied Physics, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering. She received a B.S. in physics from UCLA in 1987 and a Ph.D. in physics from Boston University in 1993. Prior to Michigan, she worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology where she held a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship, and co-founded and directed the Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science.

Dr. Glotzer’s research focuses on computational nanoscience and simulation of soft matter, self-assembly and materials design, and is sponsored by the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, the Simons Foundation, and the J.S. McDonnell Foundation. Professor Glotzer was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), holds a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Defense, and in 2012 was named a Simons Investigator. She is the recipient of numerous other awards, including the Charles M.A. Stine Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award from the American Physical Society, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award for Superior Federal Service.

Dr. Glotzer has held elected offices in AIChE and APS, and served on numerous National Academies’ committees on such topics as technology surprise, biomolecular materials and processes, modeling, simulation and games, solid state sciences, high performance computing, and defense intelligence. She is the co-founding director of the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering. Professor Glotzer serves on many editorial and advisory boards, and has provided leadership and input on roadmapping for federal granting agencies on many research topics, including simulation-based engineering and science.  She previously served on the NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee (MPSAC). She currently serves on the Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure for the National Science Foundation, the Neutron Advisory Board for Oak Ridge National Lab, and the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and is the vice-chair elect for the Division of Condensed Matter Physics of the American Physical Society.


Paul F. Nealey is currently the Brady W Dougan Family Professor in Molecular Engineering at the Institute for Molecular Engineering of the University of Chicago.  His research interests include nanofabrication techniques based on advanced lithography and directed self-assembly, development of imaging materials for alternative lithographic strategies, and dimension dependent material properties of nanoscopic macromolecular structures.  He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, and has received the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the University of Wisconsin Romnes Fellowship, the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Arthur K. Doolittle Award from the American Chemical Society.  He was also the Founding Director of the National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center in Templated Synthesis and Assembly at the Nanoscale.


Blake G. Fitch joined IBM T.J. Watson Research Center 1985 as a student and after receiving his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Antioch College in 1987, remained on to pursue interests in parallel systems. In 1990 he joined the Scalable Parallel Systems group in work on the Vulcan parallel system which evolved into the IBM Scalable Parallel system (SP) product.  He designed and implemented hardware communication protocols for transputer based control system for IBM's CMOS S/390 mainframes (IBM Boeblingen, Germany 1994). He  designed and prototyped a C++ based parallel , pipelined streaming programming framework used to support IBM's Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (IBM Hursley, UK, 1996) and other domains such as audio identification by content. In 1999, he joined the Blue Gene Project as the application architect for BlueMatter, a scalable molecular dynamics package. From 2008 until present he has been the Blue Gene and Exascale I/O research lead and architect of the Blue Gene Active Storage project which is aimed at exploring scalable, non-volatile memory systems.