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Jordan M. Horowitz
University of Michigan


"For the article, ‘Proof of the finite-time thermodynamic uncertainty relation for steady-state currents,’ published in Phys. Rev. E *96*, 020103(R) (2017), which demonstrated significance, rigor, and broad impact in the general area of non-equilibrium thermodynamics."


Jordan M. Horowitz obtained a B.A. in physics and mathematics in 2005 from Columbia University and completed his Ph.D. in physics in 2010 from the University of Maryland. Before joining the University of Michigan’s faculty, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the University of Massachusetts Boston. He was also a Physics of Living Systems Fellow at MIT. He has been a member of the American Physical Society since 2005. Horowitz’s research is in the area of nonequilibrium statistical thermodynamics. His work focuses on the development and application of universal energetic constraints to far-from-equilibrium processes, with an ultimate goal to develop a predictive theoretical framework that informs design principles underlying the structure, function and operation of nonequilibrium systems and devices. His most notable work on information thermodynamics and Maxwell’s demon has, among other things, sparked a revival in the study of the thermodynamics of nonequilibrium computation. Horowitz has written numerous papers and his work has been profiled in New Scientist Magazine and Quanta Magazine.

Selection Committee:

2019 Selection Committee Members: Murugappan Muthukumar, Chair (DPOLY ‘18), Doug Durian (GSOFT ‘19), Suxing Hu (DPP ‘19), Corey O'Hern (GSNP ‘18), David Saintillan (DFD ‘19), Mark Stevens (DCOMP ‘19), Yuhai Tu (DBIO ‘18).