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Elections 2019

This year we will elect 2 Liaison Directors and vote on 2 items related to changes to the by-laws. A link to the ballot will be sent to you by email. Please vote by Monday October 28.


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.

The candidates for Liaison Director are:


Item 2: Based on the outcome of discussion at the 2018 CoMSEF/1a business meeting, the CoMSEF executive committee seeks your approval on a proposed change in the by-laws to address the situation where an active CoMSEF vice-chair or chair lose their eligibility for the CoMSEF Impact award during their term of service. The motivation for this change is that the present by-laws could cause us to lose potential candidates for these leadership roles, because serving in these leadership roles would prevent their consideration for this award, which is awarded only to individuals within 15 years from receiving their highest degree.  

After extensive discussion amongst the CoMSEF executive committee in which we compared many different options, including their potential impact on the operations of CoMSEF as well as the optics of a current CoMSEF vice-chair or chair being selected for one of our awards, the executive committee reached consensus to propose the following change to the by-laws that we believe will best address the potential loss of eligibility while avoiding a potential disproportionate gain in the effective years of eligibility. 

The executive committee proposes the following change to the CoMSEF Impact award regulations (found here: http://comsef.org/impact)

Current: 

Requirement: Nominees must be current members of CoMSEF. The CoMSEF Chair and Vice-Chair are ineligible for nomination while they hold these offices. Other CoMSEF officers are eligible for nomination.

Proposed Change: 

Requirement: Nominees must be current members of CoMSEF. The CoMSEF Chair and Vice-Chair are ineligible for nomination while they hold these offices. Other CoMSEF officers are eligible for nomination. If a CoMSEF vice-chair or chair loses their eligibility (i.e., reaches 15 years since completion of their highest degree) while they are currently serving in the role of vice-chair or chair, one additional year of eligibility will be granted after completing their CoMSEF service. However, in no case will the total years of eligibility be extended beyond 17 years (e.g., (1) someone elected as vice-chair with 12 years since completion of their highest degree will finish their 4 year term as vice-chair and chair and come up for the next Impact Award with 17 years since completion of highest degree and would be eligible, (2) someone elected as vice-chair with 13 years since completion of their highest degree will finish their 4 year term as vice-chair and chair and come up for the next Impact Award with 18 years since completion of highest degree and would not be eligible). 

Do you approve of this change?  Yes  / No 


Item 3: At the 2018 CoMSEF/1a business meeting, the membership also asked the executive committee to consider an extension of the years of eligibility for a CoMSEF member who has had a significant life event (e.g., a qualifying event that leads to extension of tenure clock or long-term career pause such as birth or adoption of a child or extended care of a sick family member). The executive committee discussed that there is a need to ensure such an extension applies equally to nominees coming from academia, national labs, and  industry. Therefore, the committee recommends applying to all CoMSEF members the typical standard used at most Universities in the US for extension of tenure clock. Namely that a one year extension of eligibility for all CoMSEF awards will be granted for each qualifying life event. 

The executive committee proposes the following additions to the Requirement and Nomination sections of both the Impact and Young Investigator Awards (http://comsef.org/awards)

Proposed Changes:

  1. Adding to the end of the Requirement section this text:  An additional year of eligibility will be granted for up to two cases of a qualifying life event such as the birth or adoption of a child or extended care of a sick family member, up to a maximum of 17 years since completion of their highest degree for the impact award, and up to a maximum of 9 years since completion of their highest degree for the young investigator award. 
  2. Adding to the Nomination section this text: If additional years of eligibility are requested, it is the responsibility of the nominator to provide a brief description of the life event, and the number of years of eligibility extension requested. The CoMSEF Chair and Vice-Chair will review the extension request prior to the award selection process and, as needed, request additional information to ensure that the eligibility is in line with typical standards used at Universities in the US. (i.e., all eligible members, whether from industry, national lab or academia, will receive the same ‘clock extension’ provision for life events that are typically provided to tenure track faculty).

Do you approve of this change?  Yes / No  

Mittall Winner of 2018 CoMSEF Impact Award

Professor Jeetain Mittal from the Department of Chemical and Bio-molecular Engineering at Lehigh University is the winner of the 2018 CoMSEF Impact Award. He is cited, “For development of at-omistic and coarse-grained models to study biological self-assembly processes for a fundamental understanding of the cellular organization and design of novel materials”. Jeetain has been a member of the faculty at Lehigh since 2009. Prior to this appointment, he served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health and earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, and a B.Tech. degree from Punjab Technical University. All of Jeetain’s degrees are in the field of chemical engi-neering. Jeetain received his award during the CoMSEF Plenary Session at the 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting where he also delivered a presentation de-scribing his research. The CoMSEF Impact Award is given annually to a CoMSEF member who is within 15 years of completion of their highest degree.

Shukla Winner of the 2018 CoMSEF Young Investigator Award

Professor Diwakar Shukla from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Univer-sity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the 2018 winner of the CoMSEF Young Investigator Award. He is cited, “For development and application of computational methods to understand protein conformational dynamics and stability”. Diwakar has been a member of the faculty at Illinois since 2015, where he is now the Blue Waters Assistant Professor. Prior to this appointment, he served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as M.Tech. and B.Tech. degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. All of Diwakar’s degrees are in the field of chemical engineering. Diwakar received his award during the CoMSEF Plenary Session at the 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting where he also delivered a presentation describing his research. The CoMSEF Young Investigator Award is given annually to a CoMSEF mem-ber who is within 7 years of completion of their highest degree.

Prakash and Taylor win 2018 CoMSEF Graduate Student Awards

Arushi Prakash (PNNL/Washington, Advisors: Chris Mundy and Jim Pfaendtner, Poster Title: Biasing High-Dimensional Free-Energy Landscapes for the Detection of Stable Clusters in Self-Assembling Systems) and Michael Taylor (Pittsburgh, Advisor: Giannis Mpourmpakis, Poster Title: Computer-Aided Description of Materials Stability at the Nanoscale) won the 2018 CoMSEF Graduate Student Awards in Computational Molecular Science and Engineering at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.

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.

FOPAM 2019

Foundations Of Process Analytics and Machine learning (FOPAM) 2019, Raleigh NC –
Abstract submission deadline extended to May 22

Greetings colleagues,

The FOPAM conference abstract submission deadline has been extended to May 22, 2019, incorporating a newly awarded NSF sponsorship of registrations for junior faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. Foundations Of Process Analytics and Machine learning (FOPAM) http://fopam.org is a new CACHE-sponsored conference series that aims to be the premier forum for researchers from industry and academia to discuss the current status and future directions of data analytics and machine learning in the process industries. The first FOPAM conference will take place August 6–9, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Using a Gordon Conference-like format, the conference features an exciting program of invited speakers on wideranging topics that include

  • Process Monitoring
  • Process Design
  • Computational Materials Design
  • Control Design
  • Business, Scheduling, and Supply Chain
  • Educating Students and Colleagues.

An optional workshop on “Process Data Analytics and Machine Learning”, to be held on the two days before the conference, covers the major classes of methods as well as industrial case studies. Please see the FOPAM website http://fopam.org for a detailed workshop agenda. Extended abstracts accepted for the meeting will appear as poster presentations. All attendees presenting posters will have the opportunity to submit a full paper to a special issue of Computers & Chemical Engineering (Elsevier). Junior faculty, postdocs, and graduate students may apply through Phil.Westmoreland@ncsu.edu for free registration. Please supply a <2-page CV and a statement of objectives for your FOPAM participation. Awardees are expected to submit a poster about their FOPAM-relevant activities, so submit your application by May 22. Awardees should stay in the conference hotel for maximum interaction with other participants. The early-registration deadline is June 7 and the reduced-rate room block deadline is July 12. Please direct any questions on the conference or extended abstract submission to the Conference Manager, Robin Craven at robin@fopam.org. We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues in North Carolina this summer!

Conference Co-chairs,
Richard D. Braatz
Thomas A. Badgwell
Phillip Westmoreland

LINK to FOPAM flyer

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.

 

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