Liz Decolvenaere is involved in the development of improved force fields for biomolecular simulation. She holds a B.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and the University of California at Santa Barbara, respectively. As a graduate student, Liz focused on exploring magnetic properties of transition metal alloys, utilizing density functional theory and cluster expansion Hamiltonians to make finite-temperature predictions. She also performed research at Sandia National Laboratories, developing a test set designed to evaluate the performance of ab-initio methods in accurately predicting the properties of transition metal alloys. In her free time, Liz enjoys playing tabletop roleplaying games, reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, and making costumes to wear to fandom conventions. She also enjoys spending unreasonable amounts of time on airplanes, and has the use of points and miles for award travel down to a science.