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Mark Kac Postdoctoral Fellows in Applied Mathematics pursue cutting-edge research in DOE-relevant areas of applied mathematics. Up to one Fellowship is selected each year. The DOE Office of Applied Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) and the Center for Nonlinear Studies (CNLS) jointly sponsor these appointments.

Eric Tovar (2022-present) -
  Computational Physics Division: Eulerian Codes (XCP-2)
  Theoretical Division: Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics (T-3)

  Ph.D. in Mathematics and Computer Science - Texas A & M University
  B.S. in Physics - University of Texas

 Mentor: Jeffrey Peterson and Roseanne Cheng

 Bio:Postdoctoral researcher Eric Tovar (XCP-2) joined LANL in January 2022 and was awarded the Mark Kac Postdoc Fellow appointment in Applied Mathematics in May 2022. Eric received his B.S/M.S in Mathematics from the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Texas A&M University. Under his Mark Kac Fellowship, he studies and develops robust numerical methods for computational hydrodynamics. Utilizing a foundation of mathematical models and thermodynamic consistency, he aims to create approximation techniques that produce credible simulations relevant to DOE initiatives.

Zoe Holmes (2021-2022) -
  Computer, Computational and Statistical Sciences Division: Information Sciences (CCS-3)

  Ph.D. in Physics – Imperial College London
  B.S. in Physics - University of Oxford

 Mentor: Andrew Sornborger

 Bio: Zoe Holmes received in 2015 her MPhil degree in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford. In 2016 she obtained her MRes (Master of Research) from the Imperial College London, where in 2019 she got her PhD in quantum thermodynamics. In 2021 she started as a Mark Kac Applied Mathematics Fellow Postdoctoral Researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA) working on quantum algorithms and quantum machine learning methods for Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) computers. Since August 2022 she is Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Physics at EPFL.

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