Jose L. Mendoza-Cortes

Jose L. Mendoza-Cortes

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Department of Physics, Scientific Computing, Materials Science and Engineering, Florida State University
Condensed Matter Theory, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University
Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, FAMU-FSU Joint College of Engineering

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Jose L. Mendoza-Cortes

PDF, University of California, Berkeley & Berkeley National Lab, 2014
Staff Scientist, California Institute of Technology & Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, 2013
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2012
M.Sc., California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2010
B.Sc., Tec de Monterrey (ITESM), 2008. University of California, Los Angeles, 2006-2008

Short Bio:
Dr. Mendoza-Cortes received his PhD from CalTech in 2012 and did his PDF from UC Berkeley in 2014. In 2015, Dr. Mendoza started as assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the FAMU-FSU Joint College of Engineering, comprised by Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Florida State University (FSU). FAMU is the most prominent public HBCU and FSU is a among the most prominent research universities. Dr. Mendoza also holds faculty appointments at the Department of Physics, Scientific Computing, Material Sciences & Engineering Program, High Performance Materials Institute and Condensed Matter Theory at the National High Magnetic Field Lab at FSU.

Dr. Mendoza-Cortes have worked in the field of Theoretical and Computational Material Sciences, Physics and Chemistry for more than 12 years. His group specialized on molecular dynamics and quantum mechanical simulations. Dr. Mendoza's publication summary:
4864 = Total Citations
155 = Average citations per paper
17 = h-index
19 = i10 index
31 = Research Articles
13 = First author
17 = Corresponding author

Dr. Mendoza-Cortes has pioneered concepts for Materials by Design in combination with atomistic simulations and experiments. The first example was published in Science magazine and was awarded the 2007 AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, which is the the AAAS's oldest and most prestigious award. His recent research about designing new materials for energy conversion was featured in Forbes magazine, CNBC and the Department of Energy (DOE) highlights. In 2016, he obtained a grant from the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), DOE to develop new multiscale methods for materials design. This DOE grant is to develop the next generation of codes and software for computational materials physics and chemistry. In 2016, he obtained a grant (as Co-PI) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate the fundamental degradation of Lithium batteries and their further improvement. More recently, he also obtained funding from NVIDIA, the largest GPU maker in the world, to develop new computational methods on this new computing architecture.

Because of graduate and post-graduate studies advisors, Dr. Mendoza-Cortes' academic great grand parents are Marie Curie and Paul Dirac. Dr. Mendoza-Cortes has changed fields several times. First, he was a mathematician, which turned into a Chemist, then into a physicist, then into a computer scientist, then into an engineer, and so on. However, right now he is focusing on multiscale simulations of (old and new) materials.

Honors and Awards:
Emerging Investigator by the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2018.
Carl Storm Fellowship, Gordon Research Conference, 2018.
ONR Summer Faculty Research Fellow, 2017.
CRC assistant professor award, 2016.
Caltech Graduate Student Travel Award, 2010.
Roberto Rocca Graduate Fellowship, 2009.
International Center for Materials Research fellowship, 2009.
AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, 2007; AAAS's oldest award (AAAS = American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS is the 'The World's Largest General Scientific Society')
Snyder Research Fellowship (UIUC), 2005.

Scientific pedigree:
  • J.L. Mendoza-Cortes obtained his Ph.D. in 2012 from William A. Godddard at Caltech in USA.
  • William A. Goddard III obtained his Ph.D. in 1964 from Pol Duwez at Caltech in USA.
  • Pol Duwez received his D.Sc. in 1933 from Emile Henriot at U. Brussels in Belgium.
  • Emile Henriot received his D.Sc. in 1912 from Marie Curie at the Sorbonne in France.
  • J.L. Mendoza-Cortes did his PDF in 2014 with Martin Head-Gordon at Berkeley in USA.
  • Martin Head-Gordon obtained his Ph.D. in 1989 from John Pople at Carnegie Mellon in USA.
  • John Pople received his D.Sc. in 1951 from John Lennard-Jones at Cambridge in England.
  • John Lennard-Jones received his D.Sc. in 1924 from Ralph H. Fowler at Cambridge in England.
  • Ralph H. Fowler gave his D.Sc. in 1926 to Paul Dirac at Cambridge in England.
Grigori Perelman, Marie Curie, Paul Dirac.

PDF Martin Head-Gordon UC Berkeley Member of the National Academy of Sciences
PhD Bill Goddard III Caltech Member of the National Academy of Sciences
UG Omar M. Yaghi UCLA Member of the National Academy of Sciences
UG-Summer       Jeffrey S. Moore UIUC Member of the National Academy of Sciences

Professional Affiliations:
American Physical Society (APS)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Materials Research Society (MRS)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

Current Collaborators:
In the making constantly...

Past Collaborators:
Dr. Heinz Frei (LBL), Prof. Jonas Peters (Caltech), Dr. Hiro Furukawa (UCLA/UCBerkeley), Prof. Theodor Agapie (Caltech), Dr. Jacob Kanady (Caltech), Dr. Diego Benitez (UCLA), Prof. Manny Soriaga (A&M), Prof. Tom Klapotke (Munich), Dr. Andres Jaramillo (Caltech), Dr. Tod A. Pascal (Caltech), Dr. Sergey Zybin (Caltech), Dr. An Qi (Caltech), Dr. Hai Xiao(Caltech).

I am part of the APS national committee on diversity and inclusion (9 faculty members in the USA), which developed the Bridge program. This is now expanded into the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN) , which is made of 30 societies (including ACS, MRS, APS), corporations, and national laboratories, funded with a 5-year $10 million grant from NSF.

"The NSF INCLUDES Alliance: IGEN (Inclusive Graduate Education Network) is a partnership of over 30 societies, institutions, organizations, corporations, and national laboratories poised to lead a paradigm shift in increasing the participation of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority (UREM) students who enter graduate or doctorate level programs in the physical sciences. Its charge is to match the advanced degree participation rates to those of undergraduate student percentages and eliminate this disparity while increasing diversity in the reserve of future scientists."