Department of Physics & Astronomy

Helmut G. Katzgraber

Professor

Helmut G. Katzgraber

Biography

Helmut Katzgraber was born in Lima, Peru and is of Austrian descent. After growing up in Lima and completing military duties in the Austrian army, he studied physics at ETH Zurich where he graduated with a Diploma with distinction under the supervision of Prof. Gianni Blatter. He received his PhD in Physics in 2001 under the supervision of Prof. A. Peter Young at the University of California Santa Cruz for numerical studies of spin-glass systems. After a one-year postdoctoral position with Profs. Gergely Zimanyi and Richard Scalettar at the University of California Davis where he worked on numerical studies of magnetic recording media, he returned to ETH Zurich in 2002 as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Gianni Blatter at the Institute for Theoretical Physics. In 2007 he was awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation professorship and in 2009 he joined Texas A&M University as a tenure-track assistant professor. In 2011 he received an NSF CAREER award. In 2012 he was tenured and promoted to the rank of associate professor and in 2015 promoted to professor. In parallel, since 2014 he is external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico and since 2017 he consults for 1QB Information Technologies (research lead) and Microsoft Research. His main research fields in computational physics are the investigation of disordered and complex systems, algorithm development, as well as the study of problems related to novel computing paradigms, such as quantum computing. In his spare time he likes to scuba dive with a camera, run, and eat gelato.