Title: Physicist, Researcher
Location: Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Leonid Burakovsky, PhD, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics and research.
Dr. Burakovsky has been an internationally recognized expert in material science research for the last 30 years. He is highly regarded within the scientific community for developing a unified analytic melt-shear model for melting temperature at all densities and shear modulus at all densities and all temperatures from zero to melt. In addition, he pioneered the development of the Z methodology for phase diagram studies including direct Z method for the calculation of melting curves and inverse Z method for the calculation of solid-solid phase boundaries. With many accolades and distinctions affixed to his reputation, Dr. Burakovsky humbly admits that he has been successful simply by sharing his knowledge and insights with others. “Collaboration and teamwork are the building blocks to success,” he says, adding that his best work has come from his partnerships with other professionals in his field. Further, he notes that he has been successful because of his willingness to try new things. In short, Dr. Burakovsky advises other professionals: Do not be afraid.
In reflecting back on his life and career, Dr. Burakovsky always knew that he wanted to work in the scientific field. He was born in the Soviet Union and studied in Moscow and Kiev, where the field of science was a prominent aspect of his curriculum. Dr. Burakovsky earned a Master of Science in theoretical physics from Kiev State University in 1990 followed by a PhD in theoretical physics from Tel Aviv University in 1996. In particular, his studies focused on high energy particle physics. Today, Dr. Burakovsky finds success as a staff scientist for the theoretical division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory for Triad, LLC, in New Mexico. Previously, he worked for the laboratory as a staff scientist for LANS, LLC, in its theoretical division from 2005 to 2018, technical staff member from 1999 to 2005, and research fellow from 1995 to 1999.
As he looks to the future, Dr. Burakovsky plans to continue driving innovative developments and discoveries through his research. He intends to remain with the Los Alamos National Laboratory for at least another decade and he is excited to see what opportunities unfurl from the work he has yet to perform.
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