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Andrei Alexandru Faculty Member

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Education ------------ Louisiana State University, Physics Major, PhD 2001 Universitatea Bucuresti, Romania, Physics Major, BS 1997 Appointments ---------------- 2016-present The George Washington University, Associate Professor 2015-present University of Maryland, Visiting Assistant Professor 2010-2016 The George Washington University, Assistant Professor 2007-2010 The George Washington University, Assistant Research Professor 2003-2007 University of Kentucky, Postdoctoral Research Associate 2001-2003 University of Colorado, Postdoctoral Research Associate Awards --------- 2012 NSF, CAREER award 2000 Louisiana State University, Graduate School Supplement Award 1997 Louisiana State University, Graduate School Tuition Award 1993-1997 University of Bucharest, Merit scholarship 1993 XXIV International Physics Olympiad, Williamsburg, Virginia, Bronze Medal 1993 National Physics Olympiad, Brasov, Romania, First Place 1992 National Physics Olympiad, Sibiu, Romania, Third Place 1990 National Physics Olympiad, Cluj, Romania, Special Mention Funding --------- - 2020-2023: Nuclear Physics grant from Department of Energy, (3 years $1,039,000). Title: “Nuclear Physics Calculations from QCD”. Support for senior personnel, a postdoc, and graduate students. - 2020-2023: co-Pi on Quantum computing grant from Department of Energy, (3 years $775,000). Title: “Approaching QCD with Quantum Simulators and Quantum Computers”. Support for a postdoc. 2019-2020 "Nuclear Physics simulations on quantum computers", The George Washington University, OVPR University Facilitating Fund – past – PI – $18,882 2018-2020 "Nuclear Physics Calculations from QCD" Department of Energy -- past -- PI -- $298,000. - 2017-2022: Senior investigator for Department of Energy Nuclear Physics and Advanced Scientific Computing Research divisions grant, (5 years $9,776,069). Title: “Computing the Properties of Matter with Leadership Computing Resources”. Support for a postdoc. current 2017-2018 "Simulating QCD on Lefschetz thimbles" National Science Foundation – past – PI – $10,000 2016-2018 "Nuclear Physics Calculations from QCD" Department of Energy -- past -- co-PI -- $195,000. 2015-2016 "Nuclear Physics investigations using Xeon Phi accelerators" The George Washington University Columbian College University Facilitating Fund – past – PI – $5,000 2012-2017 "CAREER: Nuclear physics from lattice QCD in the chiral regime" National Science Foundation CAREER program – current – PI – $550,000. 2010-2013 "Nuclear Physics Calculations from QCD and EFT" Department of Energy – past – co-PI – $530,000 2011-2012 "Nuclear physics calculations using supercomputers based on commodity video cards" The George Washington University Columbian College University Facilitating Fund – past – PI – $22,000 2009-2011 "Exploring the Fundamental Structure of Matter using Graphics Cards" The George Washington University Research Enhancement Fund Competition – past – co-PI – $76,805 Graduate students directed ------------------------------- Hossein Niyazi -- “Electric polarizability for charged particles from Lattice QCD”, GWU, PhD 2021. Chris Culvert -- "Scattering parameters from Lattice QCD", GWU, PhD 2020. Dehua Guo -- “Scattering parameters from Lattice QCD”, GWU, PhD 2018. Mike Lujan -- “Electric polarizability for charged particles from Lattice QCD”, GWU, PhD 2014. Kevin Sykora -- “Scattering parameters from Lattice QCD”, GWU, Master 2013. Craig Pelissier -- “ρ Meson Decay into π+π− on Asymmetrical Lattices”, GWU, PhD 2012. Brief research description ------------------------------ My research focuses on understanding the structure of nuclear constituents and their complex interactions as they emerge from Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) is the fundamental theory of strong interactions. As stated in the Nuclear Physics Long-Range Plan, a study commissioned by the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy, one of the most important research directions in Nuclear Physics is understanding “QCD and its implications and predictions for the state of matter in the early universe, quark confinement, the role of gluons, and the structure of the proton and neutron.” My long term research goal is to elucidate this dynamics and to create methods to compute the properties of nuclear constituents as predicted by QCD. To investigate the properties of quarks in the energy region where neutron and protons are the dominant excitations, I use a numerical approach, lattice QCD.

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