Bradley Dice is a scientist and software developer researching nano-scale materials via computational simulations. He is currently a Ph. D. candidate in Physics and Scientific Computing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is a member of the Glotzer Group, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and a MolSSI Software Fellow. Bradley attended William Jewell College in Kansas City, where he triple-majored in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. He holds a strong passion for applying computation, simulation, and emerging techniques in data science to solve fundamental questions of our physical world and advance society.
Scientific Discovery & Software Design
At the University of Michigan, Bradley’s research focuses on applying machine learning to design next-generation materials. His software development experience ranges from machine learning and GPU-accelerated materials simulations to autonomous vehicles, smart home sensors, and wearable tech. Bradley contributes to open source scientific software as a maintainer and lead developer for the signac data management framework and the freud analysis library for nano-scale particle simulations. He has created mobile apps that promote professional sports teams, collect well water quality data from developing nations, and serve as a personal trainer. He has performed scientific research at CERN and has written software applications for firms including Kansas City’s Engage Mobile, named one of the nation’s “Most Promising Enterprise Mobility Companies” by CIO Review. In his undergraduate research at Yale University, Bradley studied the thermodynamic formation of a class of damage-resistant materials called Bulk Metallic Glasses. Additionally, his collaboration with an international team of fluid dynamicists at the University of Brussels yielded a new technique for studying a fluid instability that affects oil recovery and pollution dispersal.
Catalyzing Innovation in Higher Education
From 2017-2020, Bradley mentored student teams in optiMize, the University of Michigan’s social innovation challenge. Students in optiMize work on a vast breadth of problems such as enhancing campus sustainability, reducing food insecurity, expanding access to higher education, designing autonomous vehicles, and ending homelessness in Ann Arbor. As a mentor, Bradley collaborated closely with teams, consulted with students about their vision for social impact, and helped empower the community of innovators through optiMize workshops.
In 2014-16, Bradley served as a University Innovation Fellow (an international program of the Stanford University d.school) at William Jewell College, directing workshops teaching innovation, entrepreneurship, and design thinking for hundreds of college and high school students across Kansas City and the midwest region.
Bradley enjoys playing jazz piano, producing electronic music, DJing, creating algorithmic art, and riding motorcycles in Colorado.