CoMSEF is a forum for the combined community of engineers and scientists who are developing and applying molecularly based theories, modeling, and simulation. Its scope of technical interests includes chemical, biological, and materials processes and products. A key feature is joining molecularly based modeling with the other computational methodologies that are used in the chemical engineering sciences for research, development, operations, and education.

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  

Jayaraman Winner of Inaugural CoMSEF Young Investigator Award

Professor Arthi Jayaraman from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado is the inaugural winner of the CoMSEF Young Investigator Award. Arthi joined the University of Colorado, where she is currently the Patten Assistant Professor, in 2008 after performing postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois and a PhD at North Carolina State University. With this award, Arthi is cited “for insightful theory and simulation studies of polymers, linking molecular interactions to morphology for optimal design of materials for energy and biomedical applications.” Arthi will receive her award during the CoMSEF Plenary Session at the 2013 AIChE Annual Meeting, where she will also give a talk describing her research.

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

Prof. Jayaraman (right, U. Colorado) accepts the award from Prof. Sholl (CoMSEF chair, Georgia Tech) at the 2013 AIChE Annual Meeting 

Errington Winner of 2013 CoMSEF Impact Award

Professor Jeffrey Errington from the University of Buffalo is the winner of the 2013 CoMSEF Impact Award, which cites his “advancement of transition-matrix Monte Carlo methods, and their application to interfacial phenomena and to probing the link between thermodynamics and transport properties.” Professor Errington has been on the faculty at the University of Buffalo since 2001, after completing a postdoctoral appointment at Princeton and his PhD at Cornell.

Jeff will receive his award during the CoMSEF Plenary Session at the 2013 AIChE Annual Meeting, where he will also give 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. Errington (right, U. Buffalo) accepts the award from Prof. Sholl (CoMSEF Chair, Georgia Tech) at the 2013 AIChE Annual Meeting 

2013 CoMSEF Graduate Student Awards

The CoMSEF Graduate Student Awards in Computational Molecular Science and Engineering will be awarded for the 9th consecutive year at the annual AIChE Meeting in San Francisco. The awards recognize excellence in research by graduate students in the field of computational molecular science and engineering.
Two awardees will be selected based on the nomination letters received from each students’ advisor and a  poster presented at the CoMSEF (#214)  Poster Session: Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF)to be held Monday  evening from 6 - 8 pm. The award consists of a certificate and an honorarium. The winners will be announced at the CoMSEF/Area 1a annual General Meeting (Wednesday, from 6:15- 7:15 pm). 
Electronic Posters
This year, AIChE is featuring “Electronic posters”.  If you are interested in highlighting your poster, please email Coray Colina ( by Sept 16th, 2013. The electronic posters will take place in the same Grand Ballroom as other posters, during our ComSEF poster session. We will have five poster presenters in a kiosk. Presenters will be invited to give 8 minute talks (this include setup and take-down) at the kiosk, and will then be allowed to return to their posters to answer any questions that may have come up during their short presentation. These electronic poster presentations will take place from 6:20pm to 7:40pm, to allow chairs and authors to get to the kiosk on time.
About the Award
Nominations should consist of a nominating letter from the student's research advisor and the curriculum vitae of the nominee. These should be sent by the advisor via e-mail in pdf format to the CoMSEF Vi-Chair ( by October 18th.
In addition, nominees must present a poster at the CoMSEF Poster session at the AIChE annual meeting. The nominee must be a graduate student at the time of the poster presentation, and the faculty nominator must be a member of CoMSEF.  The winners will be selected by a committee composed of CoMSEF officers based on the student's CV, the nomination letter from the advisor (who must be a member of CoMSEF), and the quality of the poster presentation.

University of Washington Young Scholars Seminar 2013

Calling Young Scholars!

Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your research and practice your job talk before you take the next step in your career?

The graduate students of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington are holding our annual summer seminar series featuring top young researchers in the field. We invite senior graduate students and post-doctoral scholars that have not yet accepted their first permanent positions to apply.

If selected by our graduate student panel, you will be awarded an all expenses-paid (restricted to applicants traveling from US) trip to the University of Washington in Seattle to present your research. The top seminar speaker chosen by the graduate student panel will also receive an iPad.

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.To Apply

Submit a single document titled DYSS_Lastname_Firstname.pdf containing:

  • 1 page abstract of your presentation
  • 2 page Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A letter of recommendation from current or previous supervisor

Email applications to

Important Dates

  • May 24 - Deadline for Primary Consideration
  • Early June - Decisions Finalized
  • July - August - Presentations

A flyer is here.