Thomas Hardin

Thomas Hardin

2020 Truman Fellow

Thomas Hardin received his BS in mechanical engineering/math and MS in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University and his PhD in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His proposed research will expand on his interest in modeling the structure and properties of glass. He plans to apply “smooth overlap of atomic positions” motifs to better understand structure/property/processing from a modeling standpoint. Thomas’ research will enhance Sandia’s capabilities in modeling amorphous/glass materials. His mentor will be Mike Chandross (1864) and his manager will be Veena Tikare (1864).

Joshua Rackers

Joshua Rackers

2020 Truman Fellow

Josh Rackers received his BS in physics from Ohio State, his MEd in urban education from Johns Hopkins, and his PhD in biophysics from Washington University in St. Louis. Josh plans to extend his work in molecular dynamics for biological systems and his hydrogen-like intermolecular polarizable potential (HIPPO) model. He will look at ion-channel selectivity, develop GPU-compatible software, and apply machine learning for pattern recognition to deal with boundary conditions in multiscale molecular dynamics. His mentors will be Steve Plimpton and Aidan Thompson (1444); and Susan Rempe (8635). His manager will be David Littlewood (1444).