Zlatan Aksamija received his BS in computer engineering (summa cum laude, James Scholar honors, mathematics minor) in 2003 and his MS and PhD in electrical engineering (with computational science and engineering) in 2005 and 2009, respectively, from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA. His dissertation entitled “Thermal Effects in Semiconductor Materials and Devices” was supported by a DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (2005–2009). He was ranked as an “Outstanding Teaching Assistant” by his students in the fall of 2004. He also received the Outstanding Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology (EIT ’07) conference and the Greg Stillman Memorial semiconductor graduate research award in 2008. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Aksamija was a computing innovation postdoctoral fellow in the Electronics and Communication Engineering department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA. His research, supported by the Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows)
program from the Computing Research Association, USA, focused on semiconductor nanostructures for thermoelectric energy conversion applications, as well as numerical methods
for the simulation of electronic and thermal transport in nanostructures. Subsequently, as an NSF Transformative Computational Science using Cyberinfrastructure (CI TraCS) fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Dr. Aksamija continued to work on computational nanoscience for energy-efficient electronic and thermoelectric materials and devices. In 2013, he joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, as assistant professor and founded the NanoEnergy and Thermophysics (NET) laboratory, where he continues his research on energy transport and conversion in semiconductor nanostructures, focusing on phonon transport and thermoelectric conversion in semiconductor nanostructures.