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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.

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.

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