We are pleased to present the 3rd issue of Computational Materials Science that showcases the work of Rising Stars in the field. The aim of the Rising Stars prize is to recognize the accomplishments and promise of researchers in the early stages of their independent careers, are within 10 years of receiving their PhD, and that are working in the area of computational materials science and engineering. Nominations were solicited in 2021 and a list of 7 finalists selected who were invited to submit a short review article to this virtual special issue. The journal editors then evaluated the papers based on the technical merit, clarity of the presentation and the likely impact of the work.

The winner of the 3rd Computational Materials Science Rising Stars Prize is Ryan Jacobs, who shall receive a certificate and a cash award, and later join the Editorial Board of Computational Materials Science.

Dr. Ryan Jacobs
Dr. Ryan Jacobs

Dr. Ryan Jacobs received a B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010. He then obtained an M.S. and Ph. D. in Materials Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 and 2015, respectively.

Dr. Jacobs is currently a Research Scientist in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. His work focuses on using atomistic modeling, data science and machine learning (materials informatics) methods to understand the structure and properties of materials at the atomic scale in order to discover and design novel material compounds for specific technological applications. His main research application areas of interest comprise materials for energy technology, such as solid oxide and protonic fuel cells, batteries, and solar photovoltaics. Another main thrust of his research is the investigation of surface electronic and thermodynamic properties of metals and oxides used as electron emission materials.


You can read his prize-winning work on “Deep learning object detection in materials science: Current state and future directions” here:


To read the 6 finalists’ papers in the 3rd Rising Stars issue, please visit here:


We hope you enjoy reading the papers contained in this issue and appreciate the strong diverse talent that represents the future of the field.