Steven Torrisi

  • Program Year: 1
  • Academic Institution: Harvard University
  • Field of Study: Materials Physics
  • Academic Advisor: Efthimios Kaxiras
  • Practicum(s): Practicum Not Yet Completed
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Physics, and B.A. Mathematics, University of Rochester, 2016

Summary of Research

I am currently working in the group of Efthimios Kaxiras to simulate electronic properties of 2-dimensional materials, such as bilayer graphene or transition metal dichalcogenides, using density functional theory methods.


The Effects of a Rotating Wall Potential on Doppler Laser Cooling in a Penning Trap”, S.B. Torrisi, J. W. Britton, J.G. Bohnet, J. J. Bollinger
Physical Review A 93, 043421.

Systems Studies of HELIAS Power Plants and Comparison to Tokamaks”, F. Warmer, S.B. Torrisi, C.D. Beidler, A. Dinklage, Y. Fent, J. Geiger, R. Kemp, P. Knight, H. Lux, F. Schauer, Y. Turkin, D. Ward, R. Wolf, P. Xanthopoulos.
2015 IEEE 26th Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE) Conference Proceedings. DOI: 10.1109/SOFE.2015.7482424.


DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
NDSEG Fellowship (Declined)
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention

Janet Fogg Prize
Awarded to a graduating senior in recognition of dedicated service inside and outside the classroom to the well-being of all students served by the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Phi Beta Kappa, Iota Chapter

Physics Department Teaching Award

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Winner, Outstanding Presentation, SURF Colloquium
Conferred to 2 presenters by NIST staff in Boulder, CO who judged the presentations of 23 students at the conclusion of the SURF program.

Winner, University of Rochester Undergraduate Writing Competition (Natural and Applied Sciences Category)


Physics Department Honors Physics Prize
Conferred by the University of Rochester Physics and Astronomy department to the student who earned the highest scores in the first four honors physics courses.

DAAD-RISE Scholarship

Iota Book Award, Phi Beta Kappa Chapter, University of Rochester
Awarded to 16 out of 1,285 students in the class of 2016 for scholarly achievement, co-curricular activity, and leadership.

Renaissance & Global Scholarship
Full-tuition four-year scholarship awarded by the University of Rochester on admission.

Alan and Jane Handler Scholarship
Full room and board/book scholarship awarded by the University of Rochester on admission.

Research and Innovation Grant, University of Rochester
A $3,000 research grant awarded on admission to undergraduates with anticipated research potential to be used towards the research endeavor of their choosing.