- Physics & Astronomy (PAIS) 2528
- Chemical and molecular physics
- Materials theory
- Computational physics
Susan received her B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from Queens College, City University of New York, and her A.M. in physics, and PhD in chemical physics, from Harvard University. Her dissertation proposed one of the earliest van der Waals density functionals, based on a nonlocal electron gas theory of the atom-in-molecule. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Los Alamos Center for Nonlinear Studies and Chemical and Laser Sciences Division before joining UNM as a research professor in Physics and Astronomy. She also served as Director of the UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing, and as Founding Director of the UNM Cancer Center Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Shared Resource, where she helped pioneer novel machine-learning techniques for genomic analysis.