Cnr Nano reseracher Lindsay Bassman is also one of the five young female researchers who won the Science, She Says! award for contributing to the improvement of scientific and technological knowledge. The award ceremony was held on Monday, March 6th at the University of Padua during the 2023 Conference of Scientific and Space Attachés, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The Science, She Says! Award was established by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to recognize outstanding early-career female scientists who have remarkably contributed to the advancement of bilateral scientific cooperation in any field of science and technology, in one of the following regions: Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Central and South America and the Caribbean, North America.
For North America, the winner was Lindsay Elizabeth Bassman Oftelie, a computational physicist that in December 2022 moved from Berkeley Lab to Cnr Nano in Pisa. Lindsay earned her BS in Computer Science from the University of Chicago, followed by a PhD in Physics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She recently received a Marie Curie Fellowship to develop the project “Advancing Quantum Computers for and with Quantum Thermodynamics” with Michele Campisi at Cnr Nano.
Lindsay is an expert in numerical methods for modeling complex quantum systems. Her project at Cnr Nano aims to advance quantum computing technology using tools and methods of the theory of quantum thermodynamics, which studies heat and work transfers in small quantum systems and devices. She is currently developing quantum algorithms aimed at cooling the qubits, which are the quantum logical units on which quantum computers are based.
The award, which consists of a medal and a diploma, was presented by Foreign Affairs Minister Antonio Tajani to the five young female researchers who have collaborations with Italian universities or scientific institutions. Together with Lindsay Bassman, the following researchers were also awarded : Nerissa Naidoo representing Africa, Jaqueline Gpdoy Mesquita representing South America, Nan Yang , representing the Asia and Pacific area, and Ornela Dardha representing Europe.