LAWRENCE - Shih-I Chu, Watkins Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Kansas Center for Advanced Scientific Computing, has been elected as a Fellow in The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).
TWAS is an autonomous international organization based in Trieste, Italy. Its principal aim is to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South. Chu was nominated for the innovative development of generalized Floquet theories, time-dependent density functional theory, and accurate computational methods of remarkable power for the nonperturbative description of highly nonlinear optical response of atoms and molecules to intense ultrashort laser fields, and other important problems.
Chu specializes in theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Ultrafast Science and Quantum Control. He received his PhD from Harvard University and was a research associate at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics at the University of Colorado.
The Department of Chemistry is part of the KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, which brings together the research and insights of more than 50 departments, programs and centers. In total, the College employs more than 50% of the Lawrence campus faculty.