Thomas Schulthess

Thomas Schulthess received his PhD in Physics in 1994 from the ETH Zurich. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory he joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 1997, initially as a postdoctoral fellow in Metals and Ceramics Division. In 1999 he became a research staff member and from 2002 to 2008 served as group leader of the Computational Materials Sciences Group of ORNL's Computer Science and Mathematics Division. Additionally, in 2005, Thomas was appointment at ORNL’s Nanoscience Research Center, the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, where he was leading the Nanomaterials Theory Institute until 2008. Since October 2008, Thomas holds a chair in computational physics at ETH Zurich and directs the National Supercomputing Center of Switzerland in Manno. Thomas' research interests are in condensed matter, nano-, and materials sciences, as well as the development and use of high performance computing to solve important problems in these fields. He led the team that was awarded the 2008 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for the development of DCA++, an applications to study models of high temperature superconductors and that sustained a petaflop/s in November 2008.