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The 2023 Chhabra-Landau Lecture

Professor Steven G. Louie

University of California at Berkeley Professor Steven G. Louie presents his talk titled "Discovering Nature with Computation: The Fascinating Quantum World of One- and Two-dimensional Materials" In-person and Online.

The 2023 Chhabra-Landau Lecture takes place on April 13 at 3:55-4:55 PM in the Physics Auditorium (Rm. 202) and virtually on Zoom. Our guest speaker is Professor Steven G. Louie from the Physics Department at the University of California at Berkeley and a Senior faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

About the Speaker, Professor Steven G. Louie:

Professor Steven G. Louie

Prof. Steven G. Louie received his physics Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1976. After having worked at the IBM Watson Research Center, Bell Labs, and U of Penn, he joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1980. Louie is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Academia Sinica, as well as fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Materials Research Society (MRS). 

He is a recipient of the APS Rahman Prize for Computational Physics, APS Davisson-Germer Prize in Surface Physics, MRS Materials Theory Award, and Foresight Institute's Feynman Prize, among others. His research is in theoretical and computational condensed matter physics. Louie has published over 680 papers. He is known for his pioneering development of the ab initio GW method and for his studies of novel materials and reduced-dimensional systems. 

About The Chhabra-Landau Lecture Series:

The Chhabra-Landau Lecture Series celebrates Professor David P. Landau’s pioneering work in applying Monte Carlo computer simulations. This work deepens our understanding of phase transitions and, more generally, condensed matter physics.

The Series also celebrates the role Professor Landau played in founding the Center for Simulational Physicsat UGA, and building a diverse and welcoming community of students at the Center. The Series focuses on the deep connection between physics and computer science, particularly the use of computing or information theoretic ideas, as fundamental tools for physicists to develop novel insights about our world.

The Chhabra-Landau Lecture Series has been endowed by Dr. Ashvin B. Chhabra (MS Physics, UGA 1984; PhD Applied Physics, Yale 1989) in honor of his thesis advisor, Professor Landau, and acknowledges the hospitality and friendship the faculty and students of UGA accorded Dr. Chhabra when he first came to Athens from overseas as a graduate student.

The Chhabra-Landau Lecture Series is an annual event.

Dr. Chhabra honoring Dr. Landau at the inagural Chhabra-Landau Lecture in 2019

Dr. Chhabra honoring Dr. Landau at the Inaugural Chhabra-Landau Lecture in 2019.

Professor David P. Landau:

Prof. David P. Landau
Prof. David P. Landau

Prof. David P. Landau is Distinguished Research Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Simulational Physics at the University of Georgia. Prof. Landau received the Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics from the American Physical Society (APS).

In 1987, Prof. Landau created a workshop series in Simulational Physics, and helped initiate similar series in Brazil and China. For his external activities, he received the APS Nicholson Medal for Human Outreach. He was Chair of the Division of Computational Physics (DCOMP) of the APS and Chair of the IUP AP International Conference on Computational Physics CCP1999.

Prof. Landau has been named a Fellow of the APS; the Senior Guangbiao Distinguished Professor at Zhejiang University, China; Adjunct Professor at Aalto University in Finland; and MAINZ Visiting Professor in Germany. He is a (Foreign) Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and received a Doctor Honoris Causa from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. He was Chair of the IUPAP C20 Commission on Computational Physics and is currently Chair of the U.S. Liaison Committee from the National Academy to IUPAP.

Professor Landau received his Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University in 1967.

Dr. Ashvin Chhabra:

Dr. Ashvin Chhabra
Dr. Ashvin Chhabra

Dr. Ashvin B. Chhabra is President of Euclidean Capital, which is responsible for the management of investments for James H. Simons & Marilyn Simons and their associated foundations. Dedicated to advancing research in basic science and mathematics, the Simons Foundation is currently one of America’s two or three largest private funders of these areas. Dr. Chhabra was Chief Investment Officer and Head of investment management and guidance at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management from 2013-2015. He was the Chief Investment Officer at the Institute for Advanced Study from 2007-2013 and Managing Director and head of wealth management strategies and analytics for Merrill Lynch’s Global Private Client Group from 2001-2007. Prior to that, he was head of quantitative research at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. He is also the author of The Aspirational Investor (Harper Collins, 2015). Dr. Chhabra is widely recognized as one of the founders of goals-based wealth management and for his seminal work “Beyond Markowitz” which proposes a novel Wealth Allocation framework.

Dr. Chhabra received an M.S. in Physics from the University of Georgia, performing very high-quality Monte Carlo simulations of models of kinetic gelation. He holds a PhD in applied physics from Yale University in the field of non-linear dynamics.

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