Andrey Sushko has a passion for understanding how complex phenomena arise from relatively basic underlying principles, whether it’s the diverse dynamics of fluid surfaces that result from simple energy minimization or the engineering solutions produced by evolutionary algorithms.
As a Hertz Fellow, he is pursuing his PhD at Harvard, with a focus on controllable, engineered, quantum systems at the interface between condensed matter and AMO physics. His work on quantum light-matter interfaces in 2D material systems has led to the identification of unexpected optoelectronic processes and the development of an SEM imaging technique to map structural properties of multilayer devices.
Andrey graduated from Stanford University in 2016 with a bachelors in theoretical physics and in mathematics. As an undergraduate, he directed that interest toward exploring the host of phenomena that emerge in seemingly simple condensed matter systems. Andrey worked with Dr. David Goldhaber-Gordon to experimentally probe the interactions of electrons in moiré graphene, a regime where the addition of a hexagonal superlattice over the graphene lattice produces a fractal electronic energy structure. By independently controlling the electron density on two sides of a junction, he was able to study previously unexplored interactions between edge states in this material.
Outside of the lab, Andrey has led numerous engineering projects including the development of a record-breaking high altitude balloon system for low cost atmospheric research. WindBorne Systems, a company founded on this technology, was recently recognized in Forbes 30 under 30 Science. Andrey also enjoys sailing, skiing, and other activities that bring him in contact with water.
Andrey was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, before living in the United Kingdom for nine years and then moving to the U.S. in 2009.
2020, Forbes “30 Under 30: Science”, Forbes
2017, Soros Fellow, Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans