Bradley Dice is a scientist, software developer, and advocate for innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. He is currently pursuing his Ph. D. in Physics and Scientific Computing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is a member of the Glotzer Group and is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, researching nano-scale materials via computational simulations. 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, statistics, and emerging techniques in data science to solve fundamental questions of our physical world and advance society.
Bradley’s diverse skill set spans the spectrum of technology and academic science. His software development experience encompasses autonomous vehicles, smart home sensors, wearable tech, and machine learning. 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 (the European Nuclear Research Facility) 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.
One of Bradley’s projects involved creating an end-user-focused client management system for a local nonprofit organization, the Kearney Family Foundation, which has helped deliver donations to over 1,500 people. Breaking down the logistics and re-thinking the workflow helped streamline the team’s efforts from start to finish. 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.
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. Bradley currently serves as a mentor for optiMize, a Michigan student organization focused on social innovation.
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.