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Andrew Gellman received his B.S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Thereafter, he was an ICI postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University in Physical Chemistry. He became a faculty member of the chemistry department at the University of Illinois before joining Carnegie Mellon in 1992 where he was appointed the Lord Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1999. Andrew Gellman served as Department Head of Chemical Engineering. He promulgated a $28 million renovation of Doherty Hall. In 2012 he was appointed co-Director of Carnegie Mellon’s W.E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.
Willian “Bill” Stanchina received his B.S.from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, both in Electrical Engineering. He then worked at HRL Laboratories (formerly Hughes Research Laboratories) for more than 20 years during which he became the Director of the Microelectronics Laboratory. There, he was directly involved in research, development, as well as low volume production. He also holds a patent. He finally joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 as Professor and served as Department Chair for ten years.
Andrew Daley grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, where he completed his M.S. in Physics in 2002. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Innsbruck in 2005. He held an assistant position at the University of Innsbruck and then a senior scientist position at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In 2011 he began a faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh. He co-founded the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute in 2012 before moving to the University of Strathclyde in Scotland where he was appointed as a full professor in 2013.
In recent years there have been fascinating discoveries of several types of quantum condensed forms of matter exhibiting novel phenomena arising from interactions among the constituents, such as, electrons in solids, or atoms & molecules in ultracold matter. Common to all of these is the emergence of spectacular phases with novel macroscopic behavior in the vicinity of quantum instabilities. Phenomena such as these give glimpses into the nature of the rich underlying quantum world, and provide motivation for theoretical study of correlated Fermi systems.