NEWS | Nov. 23, 2015

Dr. Noam Bernstein Elected American Physical Society Fellow

By Ashley Wall

Dr. Noam Bernstein, research physicist in the Center for Computational Physics at the U.S. Naval Research Lab (NRL), has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). The APS is the world's largest organization of physicists. Election to the Fellowship in the APS is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership.

As Fellow, Bernstein is cited for: Pioneering development of multiscale simulations in solids, atomistic simulations of mechanical properties, and the development and application of atomistic methods for structural and finite temperature properties of materials.

After graduating Harvard University with a Ph.D. in applied physics in 1998, Bernstein came to NRL as a postdoc. He was then hired as a full-time research physicist in 2000.

Prior to arriving at NRL in 1998, Bernstein was recognized for his work on the 'coupling of length scales' problem — joining finite-element, atomistic potential, and quantum-mechanically based tight-binding methods to describe complex phenomena over much larger regions of space and time than can be handled by first-principles quantum mechanical calculations alone.

Bernstein is widely respected at NRL, winning three Alan Berman Publication Awards, given for outstanding papers published by laboratory scientists. He has been a part of several NRL Nanoscience Institute programs, which are collaborative efforts by multiple NRL divisions that include theory, computation, and experiment. Bernstein is also in other active collaborations both inside and outside of NRL.