Published: Feb. 14, 2012

Paul Romatschke PortraitCongratulations to Assistant Professor Paul Romatschke for winning a 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. The award was announced on Wednesday, February 15th.

"I feel honored to receive this prestigious award for my research in relativistic fluid dynamics and its application to high energy nuclear physics," Romatschke said.

According to their web site, the Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. This year, 126 researchers were recognized for their distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Romatschke was one of two CU Boulder Professors to be awarded a 2012 Fellowship.

Dr. Romatschke is a theoretical nuclear physicist working on the fundamentals of relativistic hydrodynamics. He has made important contributions to the theory of relativistic heavy ion collisions and the quark-gluon plasma, and his work has important implications for astrophysics and string theory.

Romatschke Fluid Dynamics Graphic

"I intend to use the the award to continue doing studies in relativistic fluid dynamics and explore the deep connections between strongly coupled systems such as quark gluon plasma and cold atom experiments. Despite the fact that it has been around for more than 250 years, there are still many interesting open questions in fluid dynamics, and I am extremely happy that I have the opportunity to do research on a topic that is relevant for so many different areas of physics, even though it has all but disappeared from physics curricula."

<View the Sloan Foundation News Release>