The Mildred Dresselhaus Junior Award 2017 goes to Prof. Dr. Tanya Zelevinsky, associate professor of atomic, molecular and optical physics at Columbia University, New York, USA.
Zelevinsky will be honored for her outstanding contributions to the experimental study of ultracold molecules, particularly for her work on extending the method of photodissociation to achieve precise quantum state control.
Zelevinsky graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in physics and mathematics, and received her physics PhD at Harvard University. After spending several years researching in Boulder, Colorado, she came to Columbia in 2008, where she teaches various subjects such as mechanics, electromagnetism, and atomic physics.
The Mildred Dresselhaus Award includes research stays in Hamburg, where Zelevinsky will cooperate in particular with Prof. Andreas Hemmerich and Prof. Klaus Sengstock from the Institute of Laser Physics.
“We are very much looking forward to the scientific exchanges with Tanya Zelevinsky here at our institute,” Sengstock says. “Her research is equally inspiring for me as an experimentalist and the colleagues from theory.”