David Bindel
Associate Professor of Computer Science

David S. Bindel is Associate professor of Computer Science at Cornell University.  Before joining Cornell in 2009, he was a Courant Instructor of Mathematics at NYU from 2006-2009.  He works broadly in scientific computing, including in numerical linear algebra, numerical PDEs, and optimization, with a particular focus…

Thomas M Antonsen Jr.
Distinguished University Professor
(Founding Principal Investigator)

Thomas M. Antonsen Jr. is currently Professor of Physics, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Professor of Electrophysics.  Professor Antonsen has held visiting appointments at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (U.C.S.B.), the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Institute de…

Amitava Bhattacharjee
Professor of Astrophysical Sciences
(Founding Principle Investigator)

Professor Amitava Bhattacharjee is a Professor of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University and at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He serves as Director of the Princeton Center for Heliophysics, supporting a NASA-National Science Foundation (NSF) collaboration on Space Weather as well as Director of the Simons Foundation…

Allen H Boozer
Professor of Applied Physics
(Founding Principle Investigator)

Allen Boozer has developed many of the concepts that underlie modern stellarator theory.  For this he was elected to scientific membership in the German Max Planck Society (Auswärtiges Wissenschafliches Mitglied der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) in 1989 and awarded the Alfvén Prize by the Division of Plasma Physics of the European Physical…

Peter Constantin
John von Neumann Professor
(Founding Principle Investigator)

Peter Constantin is the John von Neumann Professor of Mathematics and Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University and the Director of the Program of Applied and Computational Mathematics. Constantin obtained his PhD in 1981 at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the direction of Shmuel Agmon with a dissertation on…

Robert Dewar
Emeritus Professor
(Founding Principle Investigator)

Robert Dewar BSc (Melb), MSc(Melb), PhD (Princeton) is an Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and an Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was Convenor of the former ARC Complex Open Systems Research Network (

Omar Ghattas
John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Chair in Computational Geosciences
(Founding Principle Investigator)

Dr. Omar Ghattas is a Professor of Geological Sciences and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Director of the Center for Computational Geosciences and Optimization in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) and holds the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Chair…

Per Helander
Head of Stellarator Theory Division
(Founding Principle Investigator)

Per Helander is one of four directors at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP in Greifswald, Germany, where he leads the Stellarator Theory Division. His predecessor Jürgen Nührenberg, who pioneered the science of stellarator optimization still works in the Division. IPP is home to the world’s largest and most advanced stellarator,…

Lise-Marie Imbert-Gérard
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
(Founding Principle Investigator)

Professor Lise-Marie Imbert-Gerard is Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Arizona. Before that she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, where she was also member of the Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical Modeling and member of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology.

Robert MacKay
Director of Mathematical Interdisciplinary Research
(Founding Principle Investigator)

Robert MacKay FRS CPhys FInstP CMath FIMA is a Professor in the Mathematics Institute of the University of Warwick and Director of Mathematical Interdisciplinary Research at Warwick. He was founding Director of Warwick’s Centre for Complexity Science from 2007-15 and President of the (UK) Institute of Mathematics and its…

James Meiss
Professor of Applied Mathematics
(Founding Principle Investigator)

Professor Meiss is an applied mathematician and theoretical physicist specializing in dynamical systems theory (Hamiltonian dynamics, the transition to chaos and the theory of transport).  After receiving a PhD in 1980 in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, he was a research scientist at the Institute for Fusion Studies…

Georg Stadler
Associate Professor of Mathematics
(Founding Principle Investigator)

Georg Stadler is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Before joining New York University in 2014, he was a research scientist at the Institute of Computational Engineering and Sciences at UT Austin. His research interests are in PDE-constrained Optimization, Computational…