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Award nomination deadline postponed until May 9, 2016

The deadlines for submitting nominations for the Impact and Young Investigator awards have been postponed to May 9, 2016.

You can find more info about the various CoMSEF awards here: link

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.

Abrams Winner of 2015 CoMSEF Impact Award

Professor Cameron F. Abrams from Drexel University is the winner of the 2015 CoMSEF Impact Award, which cites his work “For the development and application of enhanced sampling and free-energy methods for elucidating thermodynamics and kinetics of protein conformational changes and ligand interactions,” Cameron has been on the faculty at Drexel University since 2002 after completing a postdoctoral appointment at Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany, PhD at University of California, Berkeley and his Bachelor at North Carolina State University.

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

Prof. Abrams receives is award from CoMSEF Chair Prof. Coray Colina

Ortiz and Getman elected as CoMSEF Liaison Directors

Congratulations to Vanessa Ortiz (Columbia) and Rachel Getman (Clemson) who were elected as CoMSEF Liaison Directors. Thanks to Karl Johnson and Lev Gelb who have completed their terms!

Kayla Sprenger wins 2015 CoMSEF Conference Presentation Award

Congratulations to Kayla Sprenger of the University of Washington (Advisor: Jim Pfaendtner) who won the 2015 CoMSEF Conference Presentation Award for her poster presentation "Obtaining Thermodynamic and Structural Information of Surface-Bound Biomolecules from Biased Simulations" at FOMMS 2015 (http://fomms.org).

The CoMSEF Conference Presentation Award recognizes excellence in research by undergraduate students, graduate students and/or postdoctoral researchers. The intent of the award is to reward significant contributions to research in computational molecular science and engineering by young researchers. The award consists of an announcement for the presentation and a waived conference registration fee for the awardee.

Beckham Winner of 2014 CoMSEF Young Investigator Award

Dr. Gregg Beckham from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Bioenergy Center is the winner of the 2014 CoMSEF Young Investigator Award. Gregg joined NREL in 20xx... With this award, Gregg is cited “...for elucidation of cellulose degradation mechanisms towards improved enzymes for biofuels and other renewable energy applications.” Gregg received his award during the CoMSEF Plenary Session at the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting, where he also gave a talk titled “How the Walls Come Crumbling Down: Elucidating Mechanisms of Cellulose-Active Enzymes Using Molecular Simulation” 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.

McCabe Winner of 2014 CoMSEF Impact Award

Professor Clare McCabe from the Vanderbilt University is the winner of the 2014 CoMSEF Impact Award, which cites her "...development of practical molecular equations of state for simulating thermophysical properties of fluids and novel coarse-grained simulation models for biomedical applications."

Clare received her award during the CoMSEF Plenary Session at the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting, where she also gave a talk titled “Understanding the Self-Assembly of Skin Lipids” describing her research.

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

2014 CoMSEF Graduate Student Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 CoMSEF Graduate Student Award winners:

  • Heather Mayes (Northwestern, Advisor: Linda Broadbelt)
  • Yamil Colón (Northwestern, Advisor: Randall Snurr)

    From left: Prof. Jeff Errington (CoMSEF Vice Chair), Yamil Colón (Northwestern), Heather Mayes (Northwestern), and Prof. Coray Colina (CoMSEF Chair) 

    More info about the Graduate Student Awards: link    

    2013 CoMSEF Graduate Student Award Winners

    Congratulations to the 2013 CoMSEF Graduate Student Award winners:

    Peng Bai (U. Minnesota)
    Advisor: J. Ilja Siepmann

    Robert Elder (U. Colorado)
    Advisor: Arthi Jayaraman

    From left: Prof. Coray Colina (CoMSEF Vice Chair), Robert Elder (U. Colorado), Peng Bai (U. Minnesota), and Prof. David Sholl (CoMSEF Chair)  

    More info about the Graduate Student Awards: link  

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