About the U.S.-Africa Initiative in Electronic Structure

American Physical Society American Physical Society Innovation Fund

The U.S.– Africa Initiative in Electronic Structure (USAfri) aims to create a platform for exchange between African and U.S. physicists with opportunities to have a major impact on research and education in Africa. Electronic Structure is a natural choice because it is an essential part of research with applications in many fields, and there is a network of capable researchers in Africa generated by sustained efforts over the past 10 years.

The U.S.-Africa Initiative in Electronic Structure is supported by of the Innovation Fund of the American Physical Society.

Recent News

September 26, 2021 Welcome to the 2021-2022 Advisory Board Members for USAfrI

2021-2022 Advisory Board

Name Institution
Gboyega Adebayo Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
Stephon Alexander Brown University & National Society of Black Physicists
George Amolo Technical University of Kenya
Michel Côté Université de Montréal
Maria Chan Argonne National Laboratory
Samuel Chigome Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation
Valentino Cooper Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Lesley Cornish University of the Witwatersrand
Gebremedhn Gebreyesus University of Ghana
James Gubernatis Los Alamos National Lab
Steve Kevan Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Malik Maaza iThemba Laboratories for Accelerator Based Sciences (LABS)
Neepa Maitra Rutgers University at Newark
Mark Pederson The University of Texas at El Paso
Warren Pickett University of California, Davis
Andrew Rappe University of Pennsylvania
Richard Scalettar University of California, Davis
Winston Wole Soboyejo Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Hulda Swai The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST)
Hisham Widatallah Sultan Qaboos University
August 31, 2021Group photo of 2021 USAfrI Workshop Image Smaller Size (4,000 pixels wide) · Larger Size (9,000 pixels wide)
August 15, 2021Talk announcement "Applying to US graduate schools in STEM fields" , Monday, August 23, 2021 4 PM Addis Ababa US: 6 AM PST / 7 AM MST / 8 AM CST / 9 AM EST Given by: Dr. Sossina Haile, Northwestern University, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Dr. Iwnetim Abate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Incoming Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Zoom Registration link.
August 10, 2021Talks from the USAfrI Workshop are online YouTube Playlist of Workshop Days 1 - 5
June 27, 2021Wrapup of USAfrI Workshop The first USAfri Workshop included more 120 participants from more than 50 institutions in Africa, the US, and Canada. Thanks to all the participants, poster presenters, speakers, and sponsors for such a dynamic workshop. We'll be updating the livestreamed recordings of the talks on YouTube and links to the presentation slides, when available. If you were a participant: we will email you a list of participants' contact information soon. Playlist of Workshop Days 1 - 5
June 4, 2021USAfrI Pre-Workshop Short Program YouTube recording of Mr. Zhen Zhang's (Columbia University, New York, USA) talk on how to calculate "anharmonic properties" of materials.
April 20, 2021 Peer Program to Connect Young Researchers

We are starting a Peer Program to help connect young researchers in Africa and the US. Our hope is that peers will meet virtually to discuss their research interests with people outside of their usual circle.

Peer meet-ups will run from March 15, 2021 to June 30, 2021, after the APS 2021 March Meeting mini-workshop and the planned workshop planned at EAIFR June 14-18, 2021. Peer meet-ups can be conducted over the phone or virtually. We also plan to host monthly meet-ups for all peers.