Idaho National Laboratory

Kathryn Moler

Vice Provost and Dean of Research, The Marvin Chodorow Professor, Professor of Applied Physics and of Physics, Stanford University

Kathryn A.”Kam” Moler is the Vice Provost and Dean of Research, the Marvin Chodorow Professor, and Professor of Applied Physics and of Physics at Stanford University. She conducts research in magnetic imaging, develops tools that measure nanoscale magnetic fields, and studies quantum materials and devices. Among other honors, she received a national Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, held a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, received the William L. McMillan Award “for her fundamental studies of the superconducting pairing state, Josephson vortices, and the role of interlayer coupling in high-temperature superconductors,” she is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. To honor her sustained commitment to teaching, the American Association of Physics Teachers awarded her the Richtmyer Award for Outstanding Leadership in Physics Education, and Stanford appointed her as the Sapp Family Fellow in Undergraduate Education. She was previously the Senior Associate Dean of Natural Sciences in the School of Humanities and Sciences and the Director of the Stanford Nano Shared Facilities. She is a member of the NanoFront (TU-Delft/Leiden) Scientific Advisory Board, the Physics Frontier Center—Joint Quantum Institute Advisory Board, Co-Chair of the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC), and a member of NASEM (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) National Science, Technology, and Security Roundtable.

Mingda Li

Norman C. Rasmussen Assistant Professor at MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering Department

Mingda Li is the Norman C. Rasmussen Assistant Professor at MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering Department. He completed his B.S in Engineering Physics from Tsinghua University in 2009, PhD in Nuclear Science and Engineering from MIT in 2015, and did his postdoc at MIT Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on designing new paradigms to better characterize materials, with a focus on acquiring microscopic interaction information of quantum materials that were not readily measurable with current techniques. He is a recipient of the 2021 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Award.

Sophia Economou

Professor of Physics, Virginia Tech

Tomasz Durakiewicz

Program Director for Condensed Matter Physics at the National Science Foundation, Division of Materials Research

Tomasz Durakiewicz received his Ph.D. in Poland in 1998 in the area of Experimental Physics for work on surface properties of metals. After spending a year as Visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico, Durakiewicz joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2000 as Director's Funded postdoc and converted to staff member in 2003. His main research interests are related to the electronic structure of f-electron materials, mostly actinides, explored by angle-resolved photoemission. In addition, Durakiewicz worked on the electronic structure of topological systems, thermionic emission and work function, and also on applications of stable isotopes. Durakiewicz has coauthored over 190 peer-reviewed publications, over 210 conference abstracts, and 6 patents, and presented over 60 invited talks. His published work was cited over 5300 times. Since July 2014 Durakiewicz serves as Program Director for Condensed Matter Physics at the National Science Foundation, Division of Materials Research. Between February 2019 and January 2020 served as Staff Associate, Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and between August 2021 and April 2022 was on detail to Division of Human Resource Development, Directorate of Education and Human Resources.