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MSU’s Hirn Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

Matthew Hirn

Matthew J. Hirn, assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE), is the recipient of a prestigious 2016 Young Faculty Award (YFA) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

The objective of the YFA program is to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions, with the long-term goal of developing the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their career on Department of Defense and national security issues.

Hirn, who is also a faculty member in MSU’s Department of Mathematics in the College of Natural Science, said the two-year, $494,786 grant will support his team’s work in developing algorithms that can learn intrinsic physical patterns derived from data generated by quantum many-body states, such as molecules, crystals and other solids.

“These patterns are then leveraged to compute chemical and physical quantities of interest for complex systems that up to now have been inaccessible,” Hirn explained. “The project will focus on computational work and specific applications in materials science.”

“Matt’s DARPA Young Faculty Award is a testament not only to the quality of his research, but to the caliber of junior faculty members that we have here at MSU,” said Andrew Christlieb, MSU Foundation Professor and CMSE chair. “Awards such as these provide important recognition of, and support for, our next generation of scientists. We congratulate Matt on this well-deserved honor.”

Hirn, who joined MSU in 2015, received his B.A. in mathematics from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Maryland.

– via College of Natural Science website

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