Aiichiro Nakano, who uses supercomputers to create striking visual models vividly showing the interactions of millions of individual atoms, is a new Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Nakano is a Professor of Computer Science, Physics & Astronomy, and Chemical Engineering & Materials Science who was a co-founder of the Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulations (CACS) with Priya Vashishta and Rajiv Kalia, who came to USC together in 2002 to create the center.
His home page at the CACS cites recent achievements in large-scale visualizations, including:
His Fellowship citation from the APS cites his "development and implementation of scalable parallel and distributed algorithms for large-scale atomistic simulations to predict, visualize, and analyze reaction processes for novel nano-mechano-chemical phenomena encompassing diverse spatiotemporal scales."
Atoms in action: CACS visualization
The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who may have made advances in physics through original research and publication, or made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. They may also have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in the activities of the Society. Each year, no more than one half of one percent of the Society membership is recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow in the American Physical Society.
Nakano will be honored at the APS award ceremony in Portland, Oregon March 10. Founded in 1899, the APS published Physical Review and other prestigious journals. According to its mission statement, it strives to "be the leading voice for physics and an authoritative source of physics information for the advancement of physics and the benefit of humanity."