Kyle Bushick named 2024 Howes Scholar in Computational Science

Bushick received the DOE CSGF award in recognition of his research accomplishments and outstanding leadership, integrity and character.
Kyle Bushick named 2024 Howes Scholar in Computational Science

Dr. Kyle Bushick (PHD '23)

MSE is pleased to announce that a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) committee recently selected Kyle Bushick (PHD '23) as a recipient of the 2024 Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science award. The annual prize goes to one or two recent fellowship alumni in recognition of their research accomplishments and outstanding leadership, integrity and character.

"This is a highly prestigious award that recognizes not only Kyle's groundbreaking contributions to computational materials science, but also his impact in leadership and service to his community," commented Emmanouil Kioupakis, Bushick's Ph.D. advisor.

A DOE CSGF fellow from 2019-2023, Bushick currently works as a postdoctoral researcher in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Quantum Simulations Group, where he develops code and infrastructure to support atomic-scale simulations that can be used to study how elements like copper and carbon behave under extreme conditions. 

The committee cited Bushick’s “exceptional leadership and character, with wide-ranging impact as a champion of inclusivity and as a builder of community,” noting further that, “a running theme throughout Kyle’s service activities is the bridging of previously unconnected or under-connected groups.”

Bushick’s Ph.D. work in Kioupakis’s lab focused on Auger-Meitner recombination (AMR), the process in which a negatively charged electron and positively charged vacant space known as a hole both transfer their energy to another electron or hole. As a result, the three low-energy particles become one high-energy particle. When this happens in an electronic device’s semiconductor material, the process saps energy that could otherwise be used to produce light or generate electricity.

Bushick’s models showed that putting silicon – a critical component in solar cells, transistors and other electronic devices – under certain kinds of physical strain during the semiconductor manufacturing process could minimize AMR and boost efficiency. In 2023, he received the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center’s Early Career High-Impact Scientific Achievement Award for this work.

Outside the lab, Bushick served as president of MSE's graduate student council (GSC), participated in outreach programs to local middle and high schools, and worked with the U-M Museum of Art to create an educational curriculum about the intersection of art and materials science.

Congratulations, Kyle!