Emilio Artacho APS Fellowship in 2021
Emilio Artacho, leader of the Theory Group of nanoGUNE, has recently been named APS Fellow by the American Physical Society (APS) for developing the linear scaling SIESTA method and for pioneering work on developing and applying methods to study energy dissipation of swift ions in solids.
The quantum simulation method and program developed by Artacho and others, known by its acronym SIESTA, is open and free for the research community. It implements a very efficient calculation method that allows the properties of materials to be predicted by solving quantum mechanics equations without needing to resort to as large and costly computing facilities as required by other methods, which gave access to new research possibilities to thousands of research groups worldwide.
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.
Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers. Each year, no more than one half of one percent of the Society’s membership (excluding student members) is recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow of the American Physical Society.