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Adilson E. Motter is the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University. Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty in March 2006, he held positions as Guest Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany, and as Director's Funded Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Nonlinear Studies of Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2002 from UNICAMP, Brazil, where he worked with Prof. Patricio S. Letelier. Recent awards received by Professor Motter include an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Weinberg Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, the Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award for Energy Research, a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the Erdös-Rényi Prize in Network Science, and a Simons Foundation Fellowship in Theoretical Physics. He has been featured among the 30 promising scientists under the age of 40 born in Latin America identified by the Chilean magazine Qué Pasa and the international organization Professor Motter is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

Professor Motter's research is focused on the dynamical behavior of complex systems and networks.

This research is inherently interdisciplinary and has over the years benefited from Professor Motter's affiliations with various programs in addition to his home Department of Physics and Astronomy. His current affiliations include the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP), Molecular Biophysics Program, Physical Sciences-Oncology Center (PSOC), Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), Graduate Program in Applied Physics, Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA), and Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO).

Professor Motter currently serves as Editor of CHAOS (American Institute of Physics) and Editorial Board Member of Nonlinearity (Institute of Physics). He is also an Executive Committee Member of the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, Executive Committee Member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Chair-Elect of the APS Topical Group on Statistical & Nonlinear Physics (GSNP).