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2009 CoMSEF Graduate Student Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2009 CoMSEF Graduate Student Award winners:

Dimitrios Argyris (The University of Oklahoma)
Advisor: Alberto Striolo

Gloria A. E. Oxford (Northwestern University)
Advisors: Randall Snurr and Linda Broadbelt

The winners (center) of the 2009 CoMSEF Graduate Student Awards and their advisors:

more info about the grad student awards: link

Faculty Award Reminder

Please be reminded that the deadline for the CoMSEF faculty award is July 1st. The 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, Clare McCabe ( ). Please note self-nominations are discouraged.

Full details of the award can be found on the CoMSEF web page at:

17th Symposium on Thermophysical Properties

This is the Seventeenth Symposium of the well-established series of conferences on thermophysical properties. The Symposium is concerned with theoretical, experimental, simulation, and applied aspects of the thermophysical properties of gases, liquids, and solids, including biological systems and will be held June 21 - 26th 2009 in Boulder, Colorado.

The deadline for abstract submission has recently been extended to Jan. 31, 2009

2008 CoMSEF Election

It's time for the election of Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and 2 Liaison Directors for the CoMSEF executive committee. This election will fill the positions of Vice Chair Clare McCabe (who will become chair), Secretary/Treasurer Joe Golab, and Liaison Directors Perla Balbuena and Roland Faller who have completed their terms.

In order to vote, you'll have to be logged in to your account. Login in on the left hand side of the page or via this link:

If you don't know your username and/or password, click on the "Request new password" link ( ) and enter your email address or username to receive a password by email.

The ballot will be open for voting for three weeks, and voting will close at 23:59 EST on October 23. The results of the election will be announced during the AIChE annual meeting in Philadelphia in November.

If you have any trouble logging in or voting, contact (click the ... to access the full email address) for help.

Please vote for:

2007 Graduate Student Awards in Computational Molecular Science and Engineering

Congratulations to the 2007 CoMSEF Graduate Student Award winners:

Chethan Acharya, University of Alabama
Advisor: C. Heath Turner

Harish Vashisth, Drexel University
Advisor: Cameron Abrams

This was the second year that CoMSEF has made awards to recognize excellence in research by graduate students in the field of molecular science and engineering. The two awardees were selected based on a nomination letter and a poster presentation at the November AIChE meeting in Salt Lake City.

Previous Winners:

  • 2006 - Megha Surve (University of Texas, Austin, Advisor: Venkat Ganesan) and Eric Santiso (North Carolina State University, Advisor: Keith Gubbins)

New Liaison Directors

Two new CoMSEF Liaison Directors were recently elected and announced at the CoMSEF meeting in Salt Lake City:

  • Ed Maginn, University of Notre Dame - homepage
  • Brian Peterson, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. - bio

The role of liaison director includes the following responsibilities:

  1. Be the main contacts with other organizations (groups,
    divisions, forums, and societies). Contact assignments shall be
    assigned by the Chair.
  2. Coordinate programming with other organizations, under the leadership of the Vice Chair.
  3. Communicate and advocate CoMSEF activities with other organizations.
  4. As members of the Executive Committee, aid the officers in developing and carrying out planning.


Keith Gubbins Festschrift

The special issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C honoring Keith Gubbins is now available online: link

Note that the current CoMSEF newsletter includes a tribute to Prof. Gubbins written by Ken Cox and that Prof. Gubbins will be honoried at two sessions during the AIChE annual meeting in Salt Lake City:

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

8:30 AM-11:00 AM
#179 - Keith Gubbins 70th Birthday Celebration I (21001)

3:30 PM-6:00 PM
#302 - Keith Gubbins 70th Birthday Celebration II (21002)

2007 Liaison Directors Election

It's time to elect 2 new Liaison Directors for the CoMSEF executive committee. This election will fill the positions of Sanat Mohanty and Ken Cox who have completed their terms.

CoMSEF members can access the ballot here (login required): link

New Officers for 2006-2008

The elections concluded in early November. Thanks to everyone who ran and who voted! As a result, the new members of the executive committee are:

Vice Chair and Program Chair: Clare McCabe, Vanderbilt
Secretary-Treasurer: Joe Golab, Innovene
Liaison Director: Perla Balbuena, Texas A&M
Liaison Director: Roland Faller, UC Davis

Thanks to previous officers whose terms have concluded.

Also, by appointment by the CoMSEF chair, two other new officers are:

Vice Chair for Communications: Jonathan Moore, Dow Chemical
Vice Chair for Membership: Dave Kofke, SUNY-Buffalo

A full listing of the current CoMSEF executive committee is available here.