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Monroe and Mehta win 2017 CoMSEF Graduate Student Awards

Jacob Monroe (California-Santa Barbara, advisor: M. Scott Shell) and Prateek Mehta (Notre Dame, advisor: Bill Schneider) won the 2017 CoMSEF Graduate Student Awards in Computational Molecular Science and Engineering at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis in October.

AIChE's Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) graduate student awards recognize excellence in research by graduate students. The intent of the awards is to reward significant contributions to research in computational molecular science and engineering by students. The award consists of a certificate and an honorarium.

Wilmer Winner of the 2017 CoMSEF Young Investigator Award

Professor Christopher E. Wilmer from the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh is the 2017 winner of the CoMSEF Young Investigator Award. He is cited, “For his pioneering work on generating hypothetical metal-organic frameworks, and screening them on a large-scale for energy and environmental applications”. Chris has been a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh since 2014. Prior to this appointment, he served as a postdoctoral fellow within the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, completed a PhD at Northwestern University, and earned a BASc in Engineering Science at University of Toronto. Chris received his award during the CoMSEF Plenary Session at the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting, where he also delivered a presentation describing his research.

The CoMSEF Young Investigator Award is given annually to a CoMSEF member who is within 7 years of completion of their highest degree.

 

Shell Winner of 2017 CoMSEF Impact Award

Professor M. Scott Shell from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara is the winner of the 2017 CoMSEF Impact Award. He is cited, “For the development of a powerful statistical mechanical theory of coarse-graining and associated multiscale algorithms to understand complex biomolecular, liquid, and soft material systems”. Scott has been a member of the faculty at UC Santa Barbara since 2007. Prior to this appointment, he served as a postdoctoral scholar within the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at UC San Francisco, completed a PhD at Princeton University, and earned a BS at Carnegie Mellon University. Scott received his award during the CoMSEF Plenary Session at the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting, where he also delivered a presentation describing his research.

The CoMSEF Impact Award is given annually to a CoMSEF member who is within 15 years of completion of their highest degree.

 

Elections 2017

We will elect 2 Liaison Directors and select a CoMSEF logo from the candidates submitted by student members. A link to the ballot will be sent to you by email. Please vote by Monday October 30.

The Liaison Directors shall:

  • Facilitate programming with other organizations by identifying opportunities for co-sponsorship
  • Communicate and advocate CoMSEF activities with other organizations.
  • As members of the Executive Committee, aid the other officers in developing and carrying out CoMSEF activities and preparing the CoMSEF newsletter.

Liaison Director Candidates (click a name to visit the candidate's web site)

The candidate logos (19 of them!) are collected in a pdf (16 MB) here: link

On the ballot you will identify your 3 favorite logos using the number at the top of the page in the pdf.

CoMSEF Logo Contest

CoMSEF is over 15 years old but still doesn’t have a logo. Let’s fix that! The CoMSEF Executive Committee would like to challenge the student members of CoMSEF to create a CoMSEF logo.

Logo Requirements:

  • Must be a PNG file with transparent background
  • Must be square in shape with resolution of 300 dpi or higher
  • Must contain the CoMSEF acronym

Prizes for the winner:

  • $100
  • a copy of “Introduction to Scientific and Technical Computing” edited by Frank Willmore, Eric Jankowski, and Coray Colina.

Submissions are due by September 1, 2017 by email to admin@comsef.org

The winner will be selected by vote of the CoMSEF membership during the 2017 CoMSEF elections.

 

Ferguson Winner of the 2016 CoMSEF Young Investigator Award

Andrew Ferguson from the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the 2016 winner of the CoMSEF Young Investigator Award. Andrew joined the faculty at Illinois in 2012 after a postdoc at MIT, Ph.D. from Princeton, and MEng from Imperial College London. With this award, Andrew is cited “For the development and application of statistical thermodynamics and machine learning to computational immunology and vaccine design.” Andrew received his award during the CoMSEF Plenary Session at the 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting, where he also gave a talk describing his research.

The CoMSEF Young Investigator Award for Modeling and Simulation is awarded annually to a member of CoMSEF who is within 7 years of completion of their highest degree in the year of the award.

Truskett Winner of 2016 CoMSEF Impact Award

Professor Thomas Truskett from the University of Texas is the winner of the 2016 CoMSEF Impact Award, which cites his work “For creative and pioneering work elucidating how nanoscale interfaces impact structure, dynamics, and self-assembly of complex fluids and biomolecular systems.” Thomas has been on the faculty at Texas-Austin since 2002 following an NIH NRSA postdoc at California-San Francisco, PhD at Princeton, and his Bachelor at Texas.

Thomas received his award during the CoMSEF Plenary Session at the 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting, where he also gave a talk describing his research. The CoMSEF Impact Award is given annually to a CoMSEF member who is within 15 years of completion of their highest degree.

Zerze and Sprenger win 2016 CoMSEF Graduate Student Awards

Gül Zerze (Lehigh University, advisor: Jeetain Mittal) and Kayla Sprenger (University of Washington, advisor: Jim Pfaendtner) won the 2016 CoMSEF Graduate Student Awards in Computational Molecular Science and Engineering at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City in November.

AIChE's Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) graduate student awards recognize excellence in research by graduate students. The intent of the awards is to reward significant contributions to research in computational molecular science and engineering by students. The award consists of a certificate and an honorarium.

Muralidhar and Paolucci win 2015 CoMSEF Graduate Student Awards

Adhiram Muralidhar (U. Minnesota, advisor: Kevin Dorfman) and Christopher Paolucci (U. Notre Dame, advisor: William Schneider) won the 2015 CoMSEF Graduate Student Awards in Computational Molecular Science and Engineering at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City in November.

AIChE's Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) graduate student awards recognize excellence in research by graduate students. The intent of the awards is to reward significant contributions to research in computational molecular science and engineering by students. The award consists of a certificate and an honorarium.

From left to right: CoMSEF Chair Coray Colina, Adhiram Muralidhar, Christopher Paolucci, and CoMSEF Vice Chair Jeff Errington

Anderson Winner of the 2015 CoMSEF Young Investigator Award

Joshua A. Anderson from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan is the 2015 winner of the CoMSEF Young Investigator Award. Joshua joined the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, as a Senior Research Area Specialist in 2009, after obtaining his Ph.D. from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory. With this award, Joshua is cited “For contributions to the development and dissemination of open source, GPU-enabled molecular simulation software, HOOMD-blue, which enables scientific computations with unprecedented speed.” Joshua received his award during the CoMSEF Plenary Session at the 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting, where he also gave a talk describing his research.

The CoMSEF Young Investigator Award for Modeling and Simulation is awarded annually to a member of CoMSEF who is within 7 years of completion of their highest degree in the year of the award.

Dr. Anderson receives his award from CoMSEF Vice Chair Jeff Errington.

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