Andrew Millis is co-director of the Center for Computational Quantum Physics at the Flatiron Institute and professor of physics at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. After that, he worked for 10 years in the theoretical physics research department at Bell Laboratories and then served on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University and Rutgers University before moving to Columbia University in 2001. He served as chair of the Columbia University physics department from 2006 to 2009. He began his association with the Simons Foundation in 2011, serving as associate director for physics in the Mathematics and Physical Sciences division before moving to the Flatiron Institute in the fall of 2017.
Millis’ research interests focus on the theoretical physics of electrons in materials, with a particular focus on collective properties such as superconductivity and magnetism. His recent work has emphasized the development and use of new numerical methods for the many-electron problem and the application of these methods to elucidate the behavior of high-temperature superconductors, oxide superlattices and materials under non-equilibrium conditions.
He is the author of more than 300 papers and has served on numerous advisory boards, including those of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Aspen Center for Physics and arXiv. He is a member of the advisory board of the U.S. Summer School on Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (which he helped found), a foreign associate of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the 2017 Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics, and two of his recent postdoctoral fellows have received IUPAP Young Scientist awards.