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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 

2012 CoMSEF Graduate Student Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2012 CoMSEF Graduate Student Award winners:

Andrew White (University of Washington)
Advisor: Shaoyi Jiang

Christopher Wilmer (Northwestern University)
Advisor: Randy Snurr

  

From left: Kristen Fichthorn (CoMSEF chair), Andrew White (University of Washington), Christopher Wilmer (Northwestern University), and David Kofke (Chair of Grad Student Award Committee)  

More info about the Graduate Student Awards: link  

2012 Election Results

During the fall of 2012 we elected a new Vice Chair and Liaison Directors.

Congratulations to Coray Colina (Penn State University) who was elected Vice Chair and to Jim Pfaendtner (University of Washington) and Scott Shell (University of California at Santa Barbara) who were elected Liaison Directors. Also, thanks to Joe Golab (Ineos) who was elected to continue to serve as Secretary/Treasurer.

Thanks to all of the excellent candidates who participated in the election! Thanks also to Kristen Fichthorn for completing her term as chair and now moving to the role of Past Chair and to Arthi Jayaraman and Monica Lamm who completed their terms as Liaison Directors.

2012 CoMSEF Impact Award

The CoMSEF Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Professor Fernando Escobedo of Cornell University has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 CoMSEF Impact Award. This annual award recognizes outstanding research in computational molecular science and engineering and will be given to Fernando during the CoMSEF General Meeting at the AIChE Annual meeting in Pittsburgh. He will also present a talk on his research at the CoMSEF Plenary Session at the AIChE Annual meeting.

Fernando is the Marjorie Hart Chair of Chemical Engineering at Cornell. He received his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at Universidad de San Augustin, Peru, a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Fernando has made important contributions to the development of new computational methods, which he has then applied to the solution of important problems in the area of complex fluids, including polymers, colloids, and peptides. He is receiving the CoMSEF Impact Award “For the elucidation and prediction of complex phases formed by block copolymers, elastomers, and polyhedral particles, and the advancement of novel Monte Carlo simulation methods". CoMSEF Impact Award recipients must be within 15 years of completion of their highest degree and be current members of CoMSEF.

 

 

 

2012 CoMSEF Impact Award Nomination Solicitation

CoMSEF is soliciting nominations for the 2012 CoMSEF Impact Award, which recognizes outstanding research in computational molecular science and engineering by a member of CoMSEF. Previous award winners include Ed Maginn (2009), David Sholl (2010), and Bernhardt Trout (2011).

Nominees for the 2012 award may hold positions in academia, industry, or a national laboratory, and must be within 15 years of completion of their highest degree. Candidates earning PhD degrees from 1997 onwards are award eligible. Nominees must be current members of CoMSEF.

A nomination package consisting of the nominee’s CV, a nomination letter and two supporting letters of recommendation should be sent as a single file in pdf format to the CoMSEF Chair, Kristen Fichthorn (fichthorn@psu.edu). The nomination should provide a clear statement as to the impact of the nominees work on the field and an award citation of 25 words or less, beginning with the word 'For'. Self-nominations are discouraged. The deadline for receipt of nominations will be May 1st for the 2012 award with the recipient being announced prior to the Fall AIChE meeting.

Please note that re-nomination of candidates is encouraged. It is recommended but not required that the contents of the nomination package be updated each year; while supporting letters may be re-used, the nomination form must have current dates.

The award recipient will be chosen based on the overall strength of the research accomplishments of the candidates by an ad hoc selection committee consisting of the current CoMSEF chair, the CoMSEF vice-chair and two representatives drawn from related organizations (e.g., area 1a committee, CACHE trustees).

Please contact Kristen Fichthorn (fichthorn@psu.edu) with any questions regarding eligibility or the nomination process.

CoMSEF Elects Two Liaison Directors

During the fall of 2011, we elected two new Liaison Directors. Congratulations to the newly-elected officers and thanks to all who participated!

Liaison Directors (2011-2013):

  • Cynthia Lo (University of Washington in St. Louis) 
  • Francisco Hung  (Louisiana State University) 

Thanks also to the two out-going Liaison Directors, Ilja Siepmann and Coray Colina, for their participation! A complete listing of the CoMSEF Executive Committee is available on the web: http://comsef.org/executivecommittee

 

2011 CoMSEF Impact Award

The CoMSEF Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Professor Bernhardt Trout of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 CoMSEF Impact Award. This annual award recognizes outstanding research in computational molecular science and engineering and will be given to Bernhardt during the CoMSEF General Meeting at the AIChE Annual meeting in Minneapolis. He will also present a talk on his research at the CoMSEF Plenary Session at the AIChE Annual meeting. Bernhardt is the Director of the Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing, Co-Chair of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Chemical and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, and a Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Bernhardt has made important contributions to the development of new computational methods, which he has then applied to the solution of important pragmatic problems; most notable is the impact of his work on the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.

He is receiving the CoMSEF Impact Award "For the development of generally applicable and widely used molecular computational algorithms and their use to obtain new mechanistic understanding of industrially relevant problems."

CoMSEF Impact Award recipients must be within 15 years of completion of their highest degree and be current members of CoMSEF.

 

 

2010 CoMSEF Graduate Student Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2010 CoMSEF Graduate Student Award winners:

Diwakar Shulka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Advisor: Bernhardt Trout

Sumeet C. Pandey (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Advisor: Dimitrios Maroudas

Left to Right: Dave Kofke, Chair of Grad Student Award Committee; Clare McCabe, CoMSEF Chair; Sumeet Pandey; Diwakar Shulka

More info about the Graduate Student Awards: link

CoMSEF Elects a New Vice-Chair and Two Liason Directors

During the fall of 2010, we elected a Vice-Chair and two new Liaison Directors. Congratulations to the newly-elected officers and thanks to all who participated!

Vice-Chair (2010-2012)

  • David Sholl (Georgia Tech.)

Liaison Directors (2010-2012):

  • Arthi Jayaraman (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Monica Lamm (Iowa State University)

Thanks also to the two out-going Liaison Directors, Alberto Striolo and Jeff Errington, as well as to Past- Chair Randy Snurr, for their participation! A complete listing of the CoMSEF Executive Committee is available on the web: http://comsef.org/executivecommittee

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