Bushick awarded DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

A first-year Ph.D. candidate, Kyle Bushick is working to design more efficient materials for LEDs or photovoltaics.
Bushick awarded DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Ph.D. candidate Kyle Bushick recently received a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow (DOE CSGF), administered by the Krell Institute in Ames, Iowa.

In addition to a yearly stipend, the fellowship includes:

  • up to four years of total support, 
  • a 12-week practicum experience at one of 21 DOE national laboratories or sites (with access to DOE supercomputers),
  • a rigorous program of study that ensures fellows have solid backgrounds in a scientific or engineering discipline plus computer science and applied mathematics, and
  • an annual program review held each summer in the Washington, D.C. area.

As a member of Associate Professor Manos Kioupakis’ group, Bushick’s research thus far has focused on the characterization of the optical and electronic properties of boron arsenide (BAs), which is a semi-conductor that has recently garnered significant attention for its ultra-high thermal conductivity. “Generally, I am interested in applying and developing first-principles techniques to understanding a range of quantum processes in functional materials,” he explains. “Ultimately, I hope to be able to help find or design more efficient materials for applications such as solid state lighting (LEDs) or photovoltaics.”

Findings from this research were published in Applied Physics Letters earlier this year.

Bushick earned his B.S.E. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University in 2018 before coming to U-M this past fall.

Congratulations, Kyle!