Eitan Lees

Florida State University · Department of Scientific Computing · 400 Dirac Science Library · Tallahassee, FL 32306-4120 · elees@fsu.edu
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Hey! I am Eitan Lees, a graduate student in the department of Scientific Computing at Florida State University. I am currently doing research with Dr. Shanbhag modeling the corrosion of metal. I have been involved with the development of a python visualization package called Altair which was recently published in the Journal of Open Source Software (link to paper).

Please check out my CV for more details on my work.


Nonlocal Modeling

With Dr. Sachin Shanbhag & Dr. Max Gunzburger

Corrosion adversely affects the performance of metal alloys that are widely used as structural materials in the automobile, naval, and aircraft industries. Currently I am working on building a multiphase nonlocal model to better capture the process of corrosion. This work was initially funded by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) through a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, Contract No. N68335-15C-0032, awarded to Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) in collaboration with Florida State University (FSU).

August 2015 - Present

Quantum Optics

With Dr. James Clemens

One of the interesting phenomena of quantum mechanics is the concept of a quantum jump, where a system will switch between two discrete states. This behavior is most commonly seen with respect to the electron transition between energy levels of an atom. I was involved in studying the collective quantum jumps of Rydberg atoms. The large dipole moment of the highly excited Rydberg atom causes a shift in the energy levels of surrounding atoms. My area of research pertained to collections of Rydberg atoms that exhibit quantum jumps when driven off resonance.

December 2011 - March 2013

Organic Solar Cells

With Dr. Brad Conrad

I developed a solar cell characterization station to source voltage and measure current on organic solar cells (OSC) that were fabricated in the laboratory. Before the fabrication process could begin, the design of the testing station needed completion as well as a run of efficiency tests on a commercial solar cells to calibrate the whole characterization apparatus. After the OSC’s were spin coated, optical images were taken as well as atomic force microscopy (AFM) on the samples to characterize the topology of the thin films.

July 2010 - December 2011


Florida State University

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate

Through my study of physics I developed an interest in programming and computers. I am now at Florida State University pursuing a PhD in the emerging field of Scientific Computing. My background in physics and mathematics has allowed me to take on many of the challenging scientific problems.

August 2015 - Present

Miami University of Ohio

Masters of Science

I received a Masters degree from Miami University of Ohio in physics. The main focus of my research was studying quantum optics, specifically the collective quantum jumps of Rydberg Atoms ( paper/ talk/ poster ). During my time at MUO I was also a teaching assistant for many physics labs.

August 2013 - July 2015

Appalachian State University

Bachelors of Science

I have a bachelors degree in physics from Appalachian State University, where I studied the fabrication and characterization of organic solar cells ( paper/ talk/ poster ). I also was involved in the modeling of voting trends in North Carolina using decision trees and random forests (poster).

August 2009 - May 2013


Programming Languages & Tools
  • Version Control & CI
  • Optimization & Debugging
  • Open Source Development
  • Github Code Reviews & PRs


Apart from scientific computing I enjoy hiking, canoeing and juggling!

I am also a big fan of data visualization and enjoy learning new ways to communicate and share interesting ideas.