Prize Recipient

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Prineha Narang


"For pioneering the development of ab initio computational physics approaches to light-matter coupling and non-equilibrium dynamics and their application to the understanding, prediction, and design of quantum materials."


Dr. Prineha Narang is on faculty in Physical Sciences at UCLA where she holds the Howard Reiss Chair. Her group works on theoretical and computational quantum materials, non-equilibrium dynamics, and transport in quantum matter. Prior to moving to UCLA, she was an Assistant Professor of Computational Materials Science at Harvard University. Before starting on the Harvard faculty in 2017, Dr. Narang was an Environmental Fellow at HUCE, and worked as a research scholar in condensed matter theory in the Department of Physics at MIT. She received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech in 2015. Her work has been recognized by the 2022 Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award from the Materials Research Society, a Mildred Dresselhaus Prize (shared with Dr. Jie Shan), the Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a Max Planck Sabbatical Award from the Max Planck Society, and the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Computational Physics all in 2021, an NSF CAREER Award in 2020, being named a Moore Inventor Fellow by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for innovations in quantum science, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and a Top Innovator by MIT Tech Review (MIT TR35) in 2018. Narang has been actively involved with APS including organizing symposia, most recently at the March Meeting on “Materials for Quantum Information Science”, and holds a leadership role in APS’ Division of Materials Physics.