Graduate Simulation Seminar Series: Invited Speaker Dr. Debra Audus on Sept 11

by Vash Doshi, Graduate Career Peer
Monday, September 09, 2019 8:00 AM

The Graduate Simulation Seminar Series (GS^3) is pleased to announce that its invited speaker this year will be Dr. Debra Audus from the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD.

Modeling the complex with the simple: Case studies in soft matter
Wednesday, September 11
11:30 am
Elings Hall 1605
Refreshments will be provided
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Dr. Audus will also lead a Career Q&A regarding career paths in a national lab setting at 2:30 pm in ESB 2001

If you are interested in being added to the Graduate Simulation Seminar Series mailing list or if you would like more information about Dr. Audus's visit, please send Sally Jiao or Muna Saber an email.

Details of the Talk
Most materials are complicated systems composed of a myriad of details--multiple components, competing interactions, and physics spanning scales from quantum to macro. However, we can gain basic insights into these systems using simplistic models coupled with simulations to provide fundamental understanding of the nature of such systems. Here, I will consider a diverse set of case studies: molecular dynamics of coacervate core micelles, continuum models of crystallization in isotactic polypropylene, and Monte Carlo simulations of patchy particles as mimics for solutions of small globular proteins. In each example, I will emphasize the importance of choosing the appropriate simulation method and connecting to experimental results.

Brief Educational History of Dr. Debra Audus

Debra Audus is a chemical engineer at NIST. She received her B.S. In Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 2007 and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013. She was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow from 2013-2015.

GS^3: Who They Are
The Graduate Simulation Seminar Series (“GS^3”) is a multidisciplinary series seeking to draw research talks from computationally-oriented graduate students, faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and undergraduates in the STEM fields and beyond. It is coordinated by students in Chemical Engineering and sponsored by the Center of MASS and Center for Research Computing. The regular seminar series runs throughout the summer, and is wrapping up its third year. The series features regular simulation talks as well as Ex Silico joint computational-experimental sessions. Talks are application-oriented, and transcribed for an undergraduate audience (in the spirit of Richard Feynman). From Mechanical Engineering to Marine Biology to Statistics to Geography, all are welcome!