Shiwei Zhang is Professor of Physics at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University in 1993. After two years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and then briefly at Ohio State University as an NSF CISE Postdoctoral Fellow and University Postdoctoral Fellow, he joined the faculty at William and Mary in 1996. He has held visiting positions at the University of Illinois, SISSA Trieste, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and others.
Zhang is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has received a number of awards, including the NSF CAREER Award, the Cottrell Scholar Award, and the William and Mary Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence.
The goal of Zhang’s research is to fundamentally advance our computational capabilities to solve significant problems in condensed matter and materials physics. He has focused on treating many electron systems and has done pioneering work in algorithmic innovation of quantum Monte Carlo methods and their applications. Methods he developed have been applied in condensed matter, quantum chemistry, ultra-cold atoms, and nuclear physics. Zhang and his group perform both materials-specific, first-principles electronic structure calculations and lattice model simulations of strongly correlated systems.