Branislav Vlahovic, PhD

Title: Professor, Director of Research Centers
Company: National Science Foundation
Location: Brewster, Massachusetts, United States

Branislav Vlahovic, PhD, Director of Research Centers at National Science Foundation Computational Center for Fundamental and Applied Science Education, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics.

Dr. Vlahovic has always desired to see the universe in all of its dimensions. Nuclear physics allowed him to do so, guiding him toward his exceptional career in physics and research. In 1990, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in material science and nanotechnology from the University of Zagreb in Croatia. Renowned for his knowledge and expertise, he currently excels as a professor and director of research centers to the National Science Foundation Computational Center for Fundamental and Applied Science Education. Additionally, he is noted as the founder of the Global Energy Foundation and a member of the European Academy of Science. Prior to these posts, Dr. Vlahovic served as the director of the NASA University Research Center for Aerospace Device Research & Education, the Homeland Security Biomedical Detectors and the National Science Foundation RISE Program and DMR Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials.

Dr. Vlahovic’s areas of specialty include nuclear physics as well as new materials and devices based on methods that cannot be produced through normal techniques, such as new properties. In addition, he is focused on cosmology, in which he is developing a new theory that can explain uniformity and micro background. Presented with the Max O. Gardner Award for his contribution to the welfare of the human race for research in 2004, he attributes his success to his love of science, along with the encouragement he received from his parents in his youth. Notably, he has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles in the fields of experimental and theoretical material science, nanotechnology, optics and photonics, chemistry, cosmology and genomics. He recalls his greatest achievement was working on high-energy photons, which is still utilized by NASA to this day. In the coming years, Dr. Vlahovic hopes to be conducting research on quantum computing, as he is currently developing hybrid programs between quantum and traditional computing through machine learning.

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