New Faculty Snapshot: Alison Patteson

Alison Patteson

May 4, 2018

The new research assistant professor of physics comes to Syracuse from the University of Pennsylvania

Alison Patteson joined the Department of Physics in January, coming to Syracuse after earning her doctorate in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She credits good mentors and a longtime interest in hands-on projects for her research path.

A National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship supported Patteson’s Ph.D. research on biophysical problems involving swimming bacteria. Her dissertation won the 2018 Dissertation Award in Statistical and Non-Linear Physics from the American Physical Society. Patteson says she’s pleased to have found a research home in the University’s Soft and Living Matter Group, a multi-disciplinary program dedicated to research and education in soft and biological matter.

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Britton Plourde Works to Develop Tools for Quantum Computer

Britton Plourde, right, works with JJ Nelson, a postdoc in his research group, on the vacuum sputter deposition tool in his research lab that is used for growing thin films of superconducting metals.

January 18, 2018

Britton Plourde, professor in the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received a new grant from the National Science Foundation to work on developing tools for building a quantum computer. This is a collaborative project with a group in the Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

“One of the remarkable recent discoveries in information science is that quantum mechanics can lead to efficient solutions for problems that are intractable on conventional classical computers,” Plourde says. “While there has been tremendous recent progress in the realization of small-scale quantum circuits comprising several quantum bits (‘qubits’), research indicates that a fault-tolerant quantum computer that exceeds what is possible on existing classical machines will require a network of thousands or millions of qubits, far beyond current capabilities.” For more about Professor Britton Plourde's project, visit Syracuse University News

Fast Talker

Scotty Ely

January 12, 2018

PhD candidate in physics, Scott Ely, was recently awarded top honors for “Lightning Round” talk at the U.S. Large Hadron Collider Users Association Meeting.

he Large Hadron Collider, located on the border of France and Switzerland, is known for its powerful ability to sling particles near the speed of light. Here at Syracuse University, physics Ph.D. candidate Scott Ely is gaining a reputation for slinging scientific concepts almost as fast.

Ely was recently honored at the U.S. Large Hadron Collider Users (US LHC) Association Meeting this past fall for his winning “Lightning Round” talk. During the US LHC meeting, young scientists are given the opportunity to discuss their research in several quick-fire sessions. The presentations, which must be under 10 minutes, cover a wide range of topics from physics analyses to computational developments and hardware improvements. When the smoke cleared, Ely was named among the top presenters at the international conference. For more on this news please visit A&S News

Physicist Marchetti Named to Commission on Statistical Physics

M. Cristina Marchetti

December 19, 2017

Distinguished Professor M. Cristina Marchetti has been elected to the Commission on Statistical Physics as part of a select group of international scientists.

The Commission on Statistical Physics (C3) was established by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) in 1945 to promote the exchange of information and views among the members of the international scientific community in the general field of statistical physics. For details, please visit SU News