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Michael Albright

MCNAMARAC Suite 160 Rm. 142 (office)
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Awards: Graduate School Fellowship (2009-2012)

Summary of Interests
QCD, relativistic kinetic theory, heavy-ion collisions, thermodynamics, high-performance computing

About My Work

Update: I graduated! I am beginning a new career as a data scientist.

My Ph.D. research focused on theoretical physics. Specifically, I worked on modeling the equilibrium and non-equilibrium thermodynamic properties of QCD (the force that holds atomic nuclei together) at high temperatures and densities, with applications to the early universe, neutron stars, and heavy-ion collision experiments at RHIC and the LHC. My work included developing original mathematical models from physics principles, analyzing data, and writing optimized parallel programs which ran on supercomputers at the University of Minnesota's Supercomputing Institute (MSI).

In addition to physics and high-performance computing, I am broadly interested in computer science, machine learning, and applied/industrial math. I was active in the University of Minnesota SIAM chapter. I have prior industry experience from a software engineering internship at Cray, and I enjoy using my technical skills to solve challenging problems.

Here is my GitHub Page.

Selected Publications

M. Albright, J. Kapusta, and C. Young, Baryon number fluctuations from a crossover equation of state compared to heavy-ion collision measurements in the beam energy range sqrt(sNN) = 7.7 to 200 GeV, Phys. Rev. C

M. Albright and J. Kapusta, Quasiparticle Theory of Transport Coefficients for Hadronic Matter at Finite Temperature and Baryon Density,

M. Albright, J. Kapusta, and C. Young, Matching excluded-volume hadron-resonance gas models and perturbative QCD to lattice calculations, Phys. Rev. C


B.S. Physics, St. Cloud State University