Louis Lerman, a Hertz Fellow, bridges science, technology, business, and art. During his time at Stanford, he focused on the interdisciplinary, applying the principles and theories of high-energy nuclear physics and multi-scale self-organizing systems to how systems evolve in nature and engineering.
This latter subject, along with his Hertz Fellowship, allowed him the freedom to work with an interdisciplinary set of scientific and engineering pioneers: from his academic advisors John McCarthy, the god-father of AI, to Tjeerd Van Andel, the discoverer of the underwater ‘black smoker’ communities of exotic life-forms.
Much of what Louis has done subsequently is the application of self-organizing systems to real-world and entrepreneurial problems involving complex physics and engineering systems.
His development of the flotilla concept for low-earth orbiting unmanned space systems led to his involvement with a start-up, Insitu (now Boeing-Insitu), which has become a major force in AI-enabled autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles. Lerman’s application of self-organizing systems to urban land development helped his partnership become the largest land developer in Nevada (>5000 acres in Las Vegas), which in turn built two of the best-selling communities in the entire U.S. Applications at the micro-scale guide his newest start-up, QuarkStar, with more than 300 patent applications (100+ patents already granted) in the control and shaping of light – offering new capabilities in the fields of light, energy, communications, and health. And Louis’s highly publicized Bubble Hypothesis on the origin of life (a classic problem in self-organization) is now in biology textbooks and is currently being applied to the search for life on Mars.