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Emeritus Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D, Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1963
Benjamin “Ben” Hunt received his B.S. in Physics from McGill University in his native Canada followed by his Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University. After a postdoc at MIT, he joined the Columbia University as a Research Associate and then Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Physics. He was a key contributor in a breakthrough study that demonstrated a unique band gap in a heterostructure of graphene and hexagonal boron nitride and the emergence of a fractal phenomenon in the electronic structure called the Hofstadter butterfly. This finding could lead to the development of the material for functional transistors.
Judith “Judy” Yang received her B.S. in physics from the University of California and both her M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. After graduation, she became a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Metallforschung in Stuttgart, Germany. She continued her post-doctoral research and became a visiting lecturer when she joined the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign. She joined the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering of the University of Pittsburgh in 1999 and has received numerous awards including the 2005 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award.
Yang Wang received his B.S. in Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China and an M.E. in Electronic Physics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He also obtained an M.S. in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Physics from Florida Atlantic University. He holds a primary appointment as Senior Computational Scientist at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center since 1996 and is an Adjunct Faculty in the Physics Department of Duquesne University since 2010. He has received the 1998 Gordon Bell Prize for high performance computing and the Year 2000 Smithsonian Computerworld Program Award.