Sadasivan Shankar appointed first Distinguished Scientist in Residence at IACS

August 1, 2013
Sadasivan Shankar appointed first Distinguished Scientist in Residence at IACS

Materials design expert from Intel to spend fall semester at SEAS, teach computational materials design

Sadasivan Shankar, a leader in computational materials design, has been appointed the first Distinguished Scientist in Residence at IACS. Shankar will join the institute from August to December to teach a graduate-level fall course, Computational Design of Materials (AC 275). During his residence, he will also give invited lectures, advise students on their projects, and exchange ideas about in silico materials design with Harvard researchers.

Shankar is Senior Principal Engineer and led materials design in the Design and Technology Group within the Intel Technology and Manufacturing Organization. He will spend the semester at SEAS under a sabbatical arrangement sponsored by Intel.

“We are deeply grateful to Intel for being the first industrial partner to loan IACS an eminent researcher who will bring leading-edge technology and concepts into the classroom,” said Efthimios Kaxiras, Director of IACS. “At IACS we emphasize the practical application of theory, computing, and data to real-world problems. In his work at Intel and in the materials science research community, Sadas Shankar epitomizes this approach. He has pioneered close interactions between industry and academic labs, tirelessly promoting the importance of scientific research in advancing technological innovation. He has provided strong support and visionary leadership for computational materials design through national projects such as the President’s new Materials Genome Initiative. We look forward with excitement to offering a unique experience for our students and the Harvard research community.”

Shankar's team at Intel works with experimentalists to enable the computer-aided design of materials that address specific nanotechnology requirements. His team has contributed to more than seven generations of technology development at Intel. He is a member of the IACS Advisory Board and co-organized with Kaxiras the January 2013 Symposium on the Future of Computation in Science and Engineering, “Computing @ Exascale,” hosted by SEAS and co-sponsored by Intel.

Intel officials said they look forward to the partnership with Harvard expressed in Shankar’s sabbatical. “Supercomputing, big data and scientific achievement go hand-in-hand,” Intel Senior Fellow Steve Pawlowski said, “and so it is my pleasure to see Dr. Sadasivan Shankar so generously give his sabbatical time to Harvard School of  Engineering and Applied Sciences to share his innovative ideas and methods on computational material design.” Pawlowski is also Chief Technology Officer for Intel’s Data Center and Connected Systems Group.

Mark Bohr, also an Intel Senior Fellow, added that the new graduate program “opens up a unique opportunity to bridge the theory and computing to practical applications needed by the industry. Materials engineering is vital to the semiconductor industry, and the use of simulation tools is a necessary predecessor and complement to experimental work.”

Assisting Shankar with the fall course will be Brad Malone, Lecturer in Computational Science. Details are available at the course website,

See the full announcement on the SEAS website.