Some of the people in the group are a bit shy about having their picture taken, so have chosen to use an avatar instead!

Theresa Windus

Theresa Windus Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Iowa State University (1993)
B.A., Chemistry, Mathematics, and Computer Science, Minot State University (1988)

Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Food: Chocolate
Favorite Pseudoscience Movie: "The Core"


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Jeff Boschen

Jeff Boschen B.S., Chemistry, Truman State University (2011)

Jeff is a graduate student in the group and is working on non-adiabatic dynamics methods and energy extrapolation methods to approximate high accuracy configuration interaction calculations.

Favorite color: Gray
Favorite food: Cereal

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Nuwan De Silva

Nuwan De Silva Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Iowa State University (2013)
M.Sc., Chemistry, Tennessee Technological University (2007)
B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2004)

Nuwan is a joint postdoctoral researcher with Professor Mark Gordon who has worked on developing molecular mechanics parameters and ab initio methods to perform high throughput molecular design of extractant ligands for the Critical Materials Institute. He is currently working on interfacing an Effective Fragment Potential library with GAMESS and NWChem.

Favorite color: Green
Favorite food: Cheesburgers
Favorite hobby: Camping

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Marilu Dick-Perez

Marilu Dick-Perez Ph.D., Chemistry, Iowa State University (2014)
B.S., Chemistry, Idaho State University (2007)
A.S., Chemistry, College of Southern Idaho (2006)

Marilu graduated from the group in 2014. Her dissertation included research in understanding plant cell wall carbohydrates using simulated NMR as well as understanding the malonic acid keto-enol tautomerism. She has continued in the group as a postdoctoral researcher working in the Critical Materials Institute to develop quantum mechanical methods to perform high level screening of extractant ligands and develop parameter fitting software for molecular mechanics.

Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Food: Mole Poblano

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William Everett

William Everett B.S. University of North Carolina Asheville

Will is a graduate student in the group and is working on understanding catalytic hydroamination reaction mechanisms and task based parallel computing methods for quantum mechanical methods.

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Sugar
Favorite Tea: Black

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Ellie Fought

Ellie Fought B.S., Chemistry, Grand Valley State University (2013)

Ellie is a graduate student in the group and is working on incorporating power considerations when optimizing quantum mechanical algorithms. She has also examined NMR properties for organic complexes.

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Hobby: Crochet

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Jiyoung Lee

Jiyoung Lee B.S., Chemistry, Ewha Women's University (2012)

Jiyoung is a graduate student in the group and is working on understanding sulfur structures with coinage metals and developing interfaces of NWChem and GAMESS with the Common Driver developed by the Sherrill group.

Favorite Colors: Pink and Black
Favorite Food: Coffee

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Kenna Rauchenecker

Luke Roskop Kenna has just joined the group as an undergraduate researcher. She will start in the Fall looking at calculations related to extractants for the Critical Materials Institute.

Favorite color: pink
Favorite food: Loves all types!
Interesting fact: Kenna is colorblind

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Luke Roskop

Luke Roskop Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Iowa State University
B.S. Chemistry, St. Cloud State University, MN

Luke is a joint postdoctoral researcher with Professor Mark Gordon who has worked on using R12 methods with multi-configurational and local multi-reference configuration interaction methods. He is currently developing an RI-MP2 C++ CPU and GPU code that will be extended to the Z-averaged perturbation theory method.

Favorite color: white
Favorite place: Babbit, Minnesota
Favorite baseball team: New York Yankees