Alex Siegenfeld

2015 Hertz Fellow
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Alexander Siegenfeld is a physics PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a researcher at the New England Complex Systems Institute and MIT Media Lab.

Alexander received a B.S. in physics and mathematics, also from MIT. Originally interested in combining chemical intuition with mathematical rigor to further our understanding of exotic materials, his research now focuses on fundamental properties of complex systems and the proper use of modeling to capture the large-scale behaviors of elections, pandemics, and economies.

“I want to bring chemical thinking into research models in physics so that we can better understand where on the periodic table to look for materials with desirable properties. This field can be very counterintuitive, and I find that interesting. I want to use my research to develop better tools and materials for society.”
– Alexander Siegenfeld