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Peter T. Cummings holds the position of Bicentennial Professor at Edinburgh campus of Heriot-Watt.  Prior to this, he was the John R. Hall Professor of Chemical Engineering at Vanderbilt University for just over 20 years, from 2002 to 2022. For the last 9 years(2013-2022), he held the position of Associate Dean for Research in the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. For 20 years (1994-2013), he was associated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) at levels of effort ranging from 40 to 50%. Most recently (2007-2013), he served as the chief scientist (with title Principal Scientist) of the ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS); previous to this, he was the founding director of the Nanomaterials Theory Institute, the theory program within the CNMS. His research interests include statistical mechanics, molecular simulation, computational materials science, computational and theoretical nanoscience, and computational biology. He is the author of over 460 refereed journal publications. He was elected to the US National Academy of Engineers in 2023.  He is the recipient of many awards, including the 1998 Alpha Chi Sigma award given annually to the member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) with the most outstanding research contributions over the previous decade, the 2007 AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award, the 2010 AIChE Founders Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical Engineering in recognition of his “outstanding contributions through research, service to the Institute, and national leadership on behalf of the profession,” the 2012 Yeram S. Touloukian Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the 2013 John Prausnitz award, the most prestigious research award – presented every three years – in chemical engineering thermodynamics, and the 2018 Foundations of Molecular Modeling and Simulation Founder’s Medal. He has been elected fellow of the American Physical Society, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and of the Royal Society of Chemistry. His reputation within his field is evident from title of a profile published in a special issue of the journal Molecular Physics celebrating Peter’s 60th birthday: “Peter Cummings – a pillar in the field of statistical mechanics and molecular simulation,” Molecular Physics, 117 (2019) 3479-3483. 
Please ignore the rubbish below that claims to show my Research Output. Instead, view my Google Scholar profile at https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7Y2MPzoAAAAJ&hl=en
and/or my personal web site https://petercummings.org/  


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