Prof. Gian-Marco Rignanese
Gian-Marco Rignanese received his Engineering degree from the Université catholique de Louvain in 1994 and Ph.D. in Applied Sciences from the Université catholique de Louvain in 1998. During his Ph.D., he also worked as a Software Development Consultant for the PATP (Parallel Application Technology Project) collaboration between CRAY RESEARCH and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in the group of Prof. Roberto Car. He carried his postdoctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley in the group of Prof. Steven Louie. In 2003, he obtained a permanent position at the Université catholique de Louvain where is now part-time Full Professor, and at the F.R.S.-FNRS where he is now Research Director. Since 2022, he is also Associate Professor at the Northwestern Polytechnical University at Xi’an (China). He plays an active role in the development of different softwares (Abinit, Abipy, PyMatGen, FireWorks) and pseudopotentials through the PseudoDojo. He contributes to the Materials Project and is one of the key players of OPTIMADE consortium. More recently, he has introduced the MODNet machine-learning model for the prediction of materials properties. In 2019, he was named APS Fellow for original efforts developing free license software in the field of electronic structure calculations, and high-throughput calculations in a broad range of materials types.