Dr. Schultz is currently a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in the Multiscale Dynamic Materials Methods Department. His research has been focussed on development and application of atomistic materials simulations methods enabled by high-performance computing, particularly first principles density functional theory methods for extended (bulk and surface) systems. He is the principle architect of the QUEST suite of Gaussian-based density functional theory codes developed at Sandia, and is involved in multiscale methods development intended to invest higher-scale methods (e.g., classical interatomic potentials) with quantum accuracy. His applications interests span the chemical and electronic properties of defect in bulk oxides and semiconductors, amorphous materials, surface chemistry and catalysis, and structural energetics of bulk crystal phases and surface relaxation.
Dr. Schultz first got his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Sandia, and then a stint in a metallurgy group at the GE Corporate Research and Development Center in Schenectady, before arriving at Sandia in 1992, where he has remained since. His focus remained on computational materials methods applied to different problems, with an emphasis on solving engineering-driven materials problems. He joined the Executive Editorial Board for Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering in 2008.