Department of Physics & Astronomy

Helmut G. Katzgraber

Professor

Helmut G. Katzgraber

Biography

Helmut Katzgraber was born in Lima, Peru and is Austrian citizen. 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 TAMU 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 in the Physics and Astronomy Department at TAMU 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, as well as the study of problems related to quantum computing. In his spare time he likes to scuba dive taking photos, run, and eat gelato.

Awards and Recognition

  • APS Outstanding Referee (American Physical Society, 2016)
  • Distinguished Achievement College-Level Award in Teaching (Texas A&M Association of Former Students, 2013)
  • NSF CAREER Award (National Science Foundation, 2011)
  • Junior Professorship (Swiss National Science Foundation, 2007)
  • Polya Prize for best diploma thesis (MS equivalent) in mathematics and theoretical physics (ETH Zurich, 1997)