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About Alina

For her doctoral research, Alina Kononov worked on first-principles modeling of ion-irradiated surfaces and 2D materials. Her contributions enabled predictive calculations of ion-induced electron emission, uncovered new surface physics, and offered insights for ion beam materials imaging and processing techniques. Alina now holds a postdoctoral appointment at Sandia National Labs, where she continues to develop and apply cutting-edge methods to model excited electron dynamics. Her current projects involve advancing modeling capabilities for warm dense matter and exploring prospects of near-term quantum computing for simulating excited electrons. Her broad research interests span electronic structure theory and its applications, including time-dependent density functional theory, quantum simulation, materials physics, and high-energy density science.


2022 - APS Nicholas Metropolis Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Work in Computational Physics

2020 - APS Division of Computational Physics Travel Award

2020 - APS Division of Materials Physics Ovshinsky Travel Award

2016 - UIUC Outstanding Teaching Assistant

2015 - UIUC Excellent Teaching Assistant


Center for Computing Research, Sandia National Laboratories, 08/2020


Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, 08/2020


Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 06/2014

Interested in
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  • Speaking
  • Science Outreach
  • DEI/STEM Community Engagement
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