bio

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

Bradley serves as a mentor for 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, developing virtual reality technologies, reducing food insecurity, encouraging collaboration among student artists, expanding access to higher education, designing autonomous vehicles, and ending homelessness in Ann Arbor. As a mentor, Bradley collaborates closely with teams, consults with students about their vision for social impact, and helps empower the community of innovators through optiMize workshops.

As a University Innovation Fellow (a program of the Stanford University d.school), Bradley has directed workshops teaching innovation, entrepreneurship, and design thinking to hundreds of college and high school students.

In 2015 and 2016, Bradley co-directed and developed curriculum for #OneDayKC, a collaboration between William Jewell College, University of Missouri – Kansas City, and Rockhurst University. During #OneDayKC, teams of college and high school students developed and pitched startup businesses that utilize the new “Smart City” infrastructure in Kansas City, mentored by professional designers, local CEOs, and experts in sustainability.


Bradley plays jazz piano, produces electronic music, DJs, creates algorithmic art, takes part in hackathons, and grooves to any and every rhythm the world provides.