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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  

    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.

     

     

     

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