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PFN Appoints Prof. Ju Li of MIT as Technical Advisor


Preferred Networks, Inc. (PFN) has appointed Prof. Ju Li, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as a technical advisor to the company. 

Prof. Ju Li

Prof. Li is a leading expert in multiple domains of materials science. His area of research includes overcoming timescale challenges in atomistic simulations, theoretical and experimental studies on energy storage and conversion, and materials in extreme non-equilibrium environments.

With Prof. Li as a technical advisor, PFN will strengthen its research and development capabilities in deep learning-based atomistic simulation techniques such as neural network potentials in its pursuit of the “Make the Real World Computable” vision in materials science.

Ju Li has held faculty positions at the Ohio State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and is presently a chaired professor at MIT.  His group  (http://Li.mit.edu) investigates the mechanical, electrochemical and transport behaviors of materials as well as novel means of energy storage and conversion. Ju is a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the 2006 Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award, and the TR35 award from Technological Review. Ju was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2014 and a Fellow of the Materials Research Society in 2017. In 2016 Ju Li co-founded one of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) Low-Carbon Energy Centers, the Center for Materials in Energy and Extreme Environments (CME).


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