Research Conference

The Research Conference meets every Friday morning, when classes are in session, from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in room 214 Mudd. Faculty presentations take place during the fall semester and graduate student presentation take place during the spring semester.

Fall 2017 Coordinator: Renata M. M. Wentzcovitch

Latha Venkataraman, Solid State Physics
“Single-Molecule Circuits with Inorganic Clusters”
Kyle Mandli, Applied Mathematics
"Computational Approaches to Storm Surge"

Renata Wentzcovitch, Materials Science & Engineering
“Ab initio simulations of planet forming minerals”
Nanfang Yu, Solid State Physics
"Flat Optics"

I. Cevdet Noyan
, Materials Science & Engineering
"Saint Venant’sPrinciple and its implications for Diffraction Strain Analysis"
Marc Spiegelman
, Applied Mathematics
"The ENKI project: integrating computational thermodynamics and geodynamics"

Lorenzo Polvani, Applied Mathematics
"Seasonal weather prediction for the North Atlantic and Eurasian sectors: disentangling El Nino from stratospheric sudden warmings"
Alexander Gaeta, Solid State Engineering
"Quantum Random Number Generation Using Nonlinear Photonics”

Yuan Yang
, Materials Science & Engineering
"Visualization and Rational Design of Electrolyte for Advanced Energy Storage"
Inigo Urteaga, Applied Mathematics
"The multi-armed bandit: from slot-machines to medicine"

Katayun Barmak, Materials Science & Engineering
"Interconnects Beyond Cu"
Irving Herman
, Solid State Physics
" Nanomaterials, Optics, and the TBoH"

Simon Billinge, Materials Science & Engineering
Aron Pinczuk, Solid State Physics

Oleg Gang, Solid State Physics / Chemical Engineering
J. Thomas Vaughan, Biomedical Engineering in the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute

Donsub Rim, Applied Mathematics
Adam Sobel
, Applied Mathematics

William Bailey, Materials Science & Engineering
Daniel Bienstock
, Applied Mathematics

No seminar (Thanksgiving Break)

Andrew Cole, Plasma Physics
Michael Tippett, Applied Mathematics

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Research Conference History

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