Prize Recipient

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Phiala E Shanahan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


"For key insights into the structure and interactions of hadrons and nuclei using numerical and analytical methods and pioneering the use of machine learning techniques in lattice quantum field theory calculations in particle and nuclear physics."


Phiala Shanahan is an assistant professor in the Center for Theoretical Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She obtained her BSc from the University of Adelaide in 2012 and her PhD, also from the University of Adelaide, in 2015. Before joining the MIT physics faculty in 2018, Prof. Shanahan was a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT and held a joint position as Assistant Professor at the College of William & Mary and Senior Staff Scientist at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. Prof. Shanahan’s research develops understanding of the structure and interactions of hadrons and nuclei from the fundamental (quark and gluon) degrees of freedom encoded in the Standard Model of particle physics using analytic tools and high performance supercomputing. Her honours and awards include an NSF CAREER award, a DoE Early Career Award, an Emmy Noether fellowship, an APS dissertation award, and the Australian Institute of Physics Bragg Gold Medal.

Selection Committee:

Arati Dasgupta (Chair), Elisabeth Krause ('20 Recipient), Heather Lewandowski , Quizi Li