Sharifzadeh Named Hariri Junior Faculty Fellow

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ECE Faculty Selected as 2016 Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering Junior Faculty Fellow

Full story published by Hariri Institute on on September 14, 2016

ece.faculty.sahar.jr.fellowarticleThe Hariri Institute Junior Faculty Fellows program was established in 2011 both to recognize outstanding junior faculty at Boston University working in diverse areas of the computational sciences, as well as to provide focal points for supporting broader collaborative research in these areas at BU and beyond. Junior Fellows are selected by the Hariri Institute Steering Committee based on nominations received each spring, and are appointed for a three-year term.

Commenting on the research profile of this sixth cohort of Junior Fellows, Professor Azer Bestavros, Founding Director of the Institute, noted that “as in previous years, it is extremely rewarding to observe the degree to which computing is fundamentally changing various fields,” adding that “the research achievements of this particular cohort of fellows demonstrate the benefit from making the leap from quantitative, statistically-driven research to computational, algorithmically-driven research, and is a tell-tale sign about the increasing importance of the Institute’s mission of bringing the computational lens to bear on our data-driven world.”

Sahar Sharifzadeh was selected as an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow in fall 2016. She joined Boston University in fall 2014 as an assistant professor of electrical & computer engineering and materials science & engineering. Her research interests involve understanding and predicting the electronic properties of material using first-principles electronic structure theories. Professor Sharifzadeh obtained her B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 2003 and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 2009. She then joined the Molecular Foundry, a nanoscience user facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as a postdoctoral fellow, and subsequently as a project scientist. Professor Sharifzadeh is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Physics at Boston University.

Professor David Coker, Director of the Center for Computational Science, states that “Sahar is a theoretical and computational materials scientist of national standing and a rising star in the international community in the field of many-body perturbation theory and correlated electronic structure methods development. In particular, she is one of the leading researchers implementing novel methodologies for studies of electronic structure of advanced molecular materials for energy research applications. Given Sahar’s strong upward trajectory in the highest quality research productivity and her pivotal role in developing research initiatives, I believe she is an excellent ambassador for computational science.”


The 2016 Hariri Institute for Computing at Boston University cohort of Junior Faculty Fellows:

  • Jacob Bor, Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health (SPH)
  • Jacob Groshek, Assistant Professor, Division of Emerging Media Studies (COM)
  • Lei Guo, Assistant Professor, Division of Emerging Media Studies (COM)
  • Adam Guren, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics (CAS)
  • Dan Li, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth & Environment (CAS)
  • Sahar Sharifzadeh, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Division of Materials Science & Engineering (ENG)


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