J. Emiliano Deustua, Chemistry Graduate Student, Awarded Prestigious Phase-I MolSSI Software Fellowship
J. Emiliano Deustua, a fourth-year graduate student working with Professor Piotr Piecuch, has been awarded a prestigious Phase-I MolSSI Software Fellowship, which will support his doctoral work from July 1 to December 31, 2018. MolSSI, which stands for the Molecular Sciences Software Institute, located at Virginia Tech and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, promotes advances in software infrastructure, education, standards, and best practices that are needed to enable the computational molecular science community to tackle scientific grand challenges ranging from the simulation of intrinsically disordered proteins to the design of new catalysts. Part of MolSSI’s mission is awarding competitive fellowships to graduate students and postdoctoral associates in the United States who are pursuing software development projects. The most recent competition for these awards was exceptionally strong — only 10 out of nearly 50 proposals were selected — placing Emiliano in a very elite group. Emiliano’s doctoral work, which will be supported for six months by his MolSSI Software Fellowship, focuses on the development of efficient coupled-cluster methods and computer codes for high accuracy quantum chemistry applications combining deterministic and stochastic approaches to solving the electronic Schrödinger equation.