Thomas Dumitrescu, assistant professor of physics and astronomy in the UCLA College, has been awarded the Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Award.

Dumitrescu is a member of the Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics group and the Mani L. Bhaumik Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCLA. His research focuses on several aspects of quantum field theory, including applications to particle and condensed matter physics, supersymmetry, string theory and mathematical physics. One of Dumitrescu’s chief interests includes developing new theoretical tools for analyzing strongly coupled quantum field theories.

This award from the U.S. Department of Energy provides university researchers with about $150,000 per year in funding to cover summer salary and research expenses over the course of five years. The department selects researchers to receive this award as part of its Early Career Research Program, which is now entering its 10th year.