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

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. This proposal is for two workshops, one in Africa where participants meet one another to identify common interests, and one a year later in the U.S. followed by individual visits of Africans to research groups and user facilities in the U.S. to further develop potential working relationships.

American Physical Society

American Physical Society Innovation Fund

The U.S.-Africa Initiative in Electronic Structure is supported by of the Innovation Fund of the American Physical Society: Announcement of the USAPS Innovation Fund: Inaugural Winners Selected, August/September 2019 (Volume 28, Number 8)

USAfri is also supported by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Physics Department in the Grainger College of Engineering.

The USAfrica Initiative Project Leaders are:

Omololu Akin-Ojo (EAIFR) is a condensed matter physicist from Nigeria and directs the ICTP-East African Institute for Fundamental Research .

Sinead Griffin (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory) is a Staff Scientist and leads a research group based in Materials Science Division and Molecular Foundry at Berkeley Lab.

Richard Martin (University of Illinois and Stanford University) is Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Illinois and a Consulting Professor in the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University.

Renata Wentzcovitch (Columbia University) is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics Department, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.

Amy Young is the Communicators Director for the US-Africa Initiative, with many years of experience working with summer schools and other programs specifically related to support electronic structure research internationally.

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