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Alán Aspuru-Guzik named Fred Kavli Distinguished Lecturer in Materials Science for 2023 MRS Fall Meeting

September 21, 2023
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Ryan Rebholz
Communications Manager
Materials Research Society

WARRENDALE, PA—The Materials Research Society (MRS) announced that Alán Aspuru-Guzik, University of Toronto, has been selected for the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Materials Science for the 2023 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit in Boston, Massachusetts. Aspuru-Guzik was selected by the 2023 MRS Fall Meeting Chairs.

Aspuru-Guzik will present as the plenary speaker at the 2023 MRS Fall Meeting on Monday, November 27. 

Aspuru-Guzik is a professor of chemistry and computer science at the University of Toronto. He is also a faculty member at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Director of the Acceleration Consortium, a University of Toronto-based strategic initiative that aims to gather researchers from industry, government and academia around topics related to the labs of the future.

Aspuru-Guzik was previously a full professor at Harvard University where he started his career in 2006. He is currently the Canada 150 Research Chair in Quantum Chemistry, CIFAR AI Chair at the Vector Institute and co-founder of Zapata Computing and Kebotix, two early-stage ventures in quantum computing and self-driving laboratories.

Aspuru-Guzik’s research lies at the interface of computer science with chemistry and physics. He integrates robotics, machine learning and quantum chemistry to develop “self-driving laboratories,” accelerating rates of scientific discovery. He develops quantum computer algorithms and has pioneered quantum algorithms for the simulation of matter.

Among other recognitions, he received the Google Focused Award for Quantum Computing (2018), the Sloan Research Fellowship (2009), The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2009), and was selected as one of the best innovators under the age of 35 by the MIT Technology Review (2010).

Aspuru-Guzik is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society and an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and received the Early Career Award in Theoretical Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.

Photo of Aspuru-Guzik is available upon request by contacting Ryan Rebholz

About the Materials Research Society

MRS is an organization of over 13,000 materials researchers from academia, industry and government worldwide, and a recognized leader in promoting the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and technology to improve the quality of life. MRS members are students and professionals hailing from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering—the full spectrum of materials research. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania (USA), MRS membership now spans 90 countries, with approximately 45 percent of members residing outside the United States.

MRS serves and engages members across generations to advance their careers and promote materials research and innovation. The Society produces high-quality meetings and publications, assuring that members of all career stages can present and publish their most important and timely work to an international and interdisciplinary audience. MRS continues to expand its professional development portfolio, as well as promote diversity and inclusion in the scientific workforce, with career services for researchers worldwide. The Society advocates for the importance of scientific research and innovation to policymakers and the community. And the MRS Awards program honors those whose work has already had a major impact in the field, as well as those whose work shows great promise for future leadership.

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