Today, the Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation (ISSNAF) presented Giulia Galli, Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering and chemistry at the University of Chicago, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her seminal contributions to the development of methods for the prediction of materials’ properties.
The ISSNAF award acknowledges outstanding individuals of Italian origin who, through their pioneering spirit and lifetime commitment, have contributed significantly to research, leadership, and mentorship in their field.
“When I received the notification of this award from my friend and colleague Professor Alberto Salleo, I was completely caught by surprise,” said Galli. “Being honored as an Italian scientist by Italian colleagues feels truly special to me, and I am grateful and humbled by this recognition.”
Galli’s research focuses on problems relevant to the development of sustainable energy sources and quantum technologies. She is also a senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and director of the Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials (MICCoM), and has been widely recognized for her contributions to the fields of computational condensed-matter, materials science, and nanoscience. She has made strides in first principles simulations of materials and liquids, in particular materials for energy, properties of water, and excited state phenomena.
She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Science, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, as well as a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Galli received the award at the ISSNAF Annual Event at the Italian Embassy in Washington D.C., where she delivered the evening’s keynote address.
The ISSNAF is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting, empowering, and celebrating the Italian Intellectual Diaspora in North America, linking more than 3000 scholars, researchers and technologists in North America.