Massimiliano Di Ventra

First name: Massimiliano
Last name: Di Ventra
Occupation: Professor of Physics

Department of Physics
University of California, San Diego
4631 Mayer Hall
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0319, USA

e-mail: diventra{@}physics{.}ucsd{.}edu
phone:  +1-(858) 822-6447

Administrative Assistant: Susan Marshall
e-mail: smarshall{@}physics{.}ucsd{.}edu
phone:  +1-(858) 534-1082
fax:        +1-(858) 534-6574


Massimiliano Di Ventra obtained his undergraduate degree in Physics summa cum laude from the University of Trieste (Italy) in 1991 and did his PhD studies at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1993-1997. He has been Visiting Scientist at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University before joining the Physics Department of Virginia Tech in 2000 as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and moved to the Physics Department of the University of California, San Diego, in 2004 where he was promoted to Full Professor in 2006.

Di Ventra's research interests are in the theory of quantum transport in nanoscale and atomic systems, non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, DNA sequencing/polymer dynamics in nanopores, and memory effects in nanostructures for applications in unconventional computing and biophysics. He has been invited to deliver more than 300 talks worldwide on these topics (including 15 plenary/keynote presentations, 10 talks at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society, 5 at the Materials Research Society, 2 at the American Chemical Society, and 2 at the SPIE). He has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals (he was named 2018 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics), has 4 granted patents, co-edited the textbook Introduction to Nanoscale Science and Technology (Springer, 2004) for undergraduate students, he is single author of the graduate-level textbook Electrical Transport in Nanoscale Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2008), the trade book The Scientific Method: Reflections from a Practitioner (Oxford University Press, 2018), and the monograph MemComputing: Fundamentals and Applications (Oxford University Press, 2022).

Di Ventra has been Visiting Professor at the Technion (2017), Technical University of Dresden (2015), University of Paris-Sud (2015), Technical University of Denmark (2014), Ben-Gurion University (2013), Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (2012, 2011), and SISSA, Trieste (2012). He serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals and has won numerous awards and honors, including the Feynman Prize for theory in Nanotechnology, the NSF Early CAREER Award, the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, fellowship in the Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society, and election as foreign member of the Academia Europaea. He is the co-founder of MemComputing, Inc.


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