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Professor Chelikowsky Named Materials Research Society Fellow

James R. Chelikowsky, professor in physics and chemical engineering, and W.A."Tex" Moncrief Jr. Chair of Computational Materials at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named a 2011 Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) for his "outstanding contributions to the theory of electronic materials."

James R. Chelikowsky

The title of MRS Fellow honors MRS members who are notable for their distinguished research accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research world-wide. Competition for this distinction is highly selective as only a small percentage (0.2) of the current MRS membership can be appointed in any given year. Chelikowsky and other recipients will be honored at an award ceremony at the 2011 MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit in San Francisco, Calif., April 25–29.

"Jim's wide ranging work is highly cited and forms much of our current understanding of electronic materials," said Dr. Roger T. Bonnecaze, department chair and the T. Brockett Hudson Professor in chemical engineering. "The MRS Fellow is the latest of many esteemed awards he has received throughout his 35 year career. We are proud of Jim’s achievements and his contribution to the department's success as a first class program."

Chelikowsky is an expert in materials science, quantum mechanics, density functional theory and its application to semiconducting materials. His work has helped establish fundamental understanding of these technologically important materials. Materials science is an important discipline with a growing use in medical research, such as developing new structures like nanotubes which have potential to transmit nerve signals, help destroy cancer cells and other medical uses.

The MRS awarded Chelikowsky the prestigious David Turnbull Lectureship Award in 2001 and he received the David Adler Lectureship Award from the American Physical Society in 2006. In 2007 he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2008 The American Physical Society named him an Outstanding Referee, a lifetime achievement award.

His publications include over 350 papers within the general area of computational materials and he has been cited over 12,000 times. Chelikowsky earned his B.S., Summa Cum Laude, in Physics from Kansas State University in 1970 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975.

Notes to Editors:
The Materials Research Society (MRS) is an international organization of almost 16,000 materials researchers from academia, industry and government, and a recognized leader in promoting the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life.

MRS members are engaged and enthusiastic professionals hailing from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering — the full spectrum of materials research. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, MRS membership now spans over 80 countries, with more than 40 percent of members residing outside the United States.

In addition to its communications and publications portfolio, MRS organizes high-quality scientific meetings, attracting over 13,000 attendees annually and facilitating interactions among a wide range of experts from the cutting edge of the global materials community. MRS is also a recognized leader in education outreach and advocacy for scientific research. More information about the Materials Research Society can be found at www.mrs.org.