1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Session I Tutorials (Millennium Science Complex)
“The Benefits of Quantum ESPRESSO Software” - Ismaila Dabo
ESPRESSO is an acronym for opEn-Source Package for Research in Electronic Structure, Simulation, and Optimization. This tutorial will be an overview of the main methods and computational techniques used in QE. The instructor will describe the capabilities of the software suite and offer examples of how it can help you to be more efficient in your experiments.
“Using Advanced Characterization to Solve Complex Surface and Interface Problems” - Jeff Shallenberger, MCL Surface Science Group
The Materials Characterization Laboratory (MCL) is a fully-staffed, open access, interdisciplinary research facility at Penn State's Materials Research Institute enabling research and educating the next generation of highly qualified researchers. Each year nearly 100 companies across various markets partner with MCL to address problems from the fundamental to the applied. This talk will introduce capabilities within the surface science group and highlight recent successful collaborations.
“Cutting Edge Imaging for the Brain and Beyond: Capabilities and Applications across Industries” - Michele Diaz
The SLEIC is dedicated to fostering cutting edge research in the social, behavioral, biological, engineering, and materials sciences where imaging methodologies play a central role. In this session, participants will learn about how SLEIC provides the Penn State research community, including our industry partners, with instrumentation, technological and substantive expertise for conducting magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electrophysiology (EEG, ERP) experiments, as well as how to connect industry needs and opportunities with SLEIC capabilities.
“Biophysical Research Capabilities in the Huck Life Sciences” - Neela Yennawar
Understanding the three dimensional conformation of macromolecules and the thermodynamics of their molecular binding interactions is key to solving the structure-function paradigm of the molecules of life. An introduction to the theory of the various biophysical tools, including X-ray crystallography, biological calorimetry, small angle X-ray scattering, circular dichroism, dynamic light scattering, and molecular modeling will be discussed. The state-of-the-art capabilities available at our facility and the complementary biophysical approaches used will be highlighted with some research applications.
“High Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging: a powerful tool for a highly diverse research community” - Thomas Neuberger
In this tutorial the basics of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will be taught and the advantages of high magnetic fields will be elucidated. Although MRI is known for its noninvasiveness and its high soft tissue contrast in the clinical imaging routine, it is capable of so much more. Examples in different areas of research including preclinical MRI of different animal models, plant MRI, MRI and dielectric research, and many others will be presented.
“Geological Analytical Capabilities in PSIEE” - Tim Ryan and Brendan Culleton
From the structural properties of rock to biomechanics of bone structure to contaminant transport in soil, or from astrophysics to chronology to biofuels to drug enforcement, Penn State's AMS Radiocarbon Facility, Laboratory for Isotopes and Metals in the Environment (LIME) and the MicroCT expertise at the Center for Quantitative Imaging provide unique capabilities to researchers. This talk will provide an overview of some of the varied interdisciplinary collaborations and research uses that might surprise you.
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Session II Tutorials (Millennium Science Complex)
“Micro and Nanoscale Resonators for Sensing Applications” - Srinivas Tadigadapa
MSC: N-308 A/B
In this tutorial we will systematically explore the phenomenon of resonance in electrical, mechanical, optical, and acoustic domains for sensing applications. The field of microsensors has rapidly evolved over the last couple of decades with many of the highest performance devices exploiting the phenomenon of resonance for sensing. Resonant sensors offer a high performance solution to many sensing applications. The methods of coupling the resonator to the measurand will be discussed. Important design considerations such as resonator geometry, the Q- factor, nonlinear behavior, power consumption, and packaging will be analyzed.
“Metals in Additive Manufacturing” - Allison Beese
MSC: N-203 A/B
This tutorial will introduce materials science and engineering aspects of additive manufacturing of metals. In particular, we will discuss the relationships among the complex thermal history (processing), unique microstructure with internal porosity (structure), and strength and ductility (properties) of these materials, discussing both single alloy components and functionally graded materials.
“Next-generation DNA Sequencing Services and Data Analysis Options” - Craig Praul, Anton Nekrutenko, and Istvan Albert
Craig A. Praul, the director of the Penn State Genomics Core at University Park, will describe the next-generation DNA sequencing services provided by the core, including both the Illumina HiSeq/MiSeq and the PacBio Sequel platforms. Anton Nekrutenko, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, will discuss analysis of high-throughput data with Galaxy, development of application-specific analysis workflows, and managing sample and analysis flows in individual labs and small to medium research institutions. Istvan Albert, professor of bioinformatics and director of the Penn State Bioinformatics Consulting Center, will speak about how his center interfaces with scientists and provides them with data analytics assistance.
“Huck Microscopy: New Acquisitions and Capabilities in Huck Microscopy” - Greg Ning
Located in the state-of-the-art Millennium Science Complex and neighboring with MCL, the Huck Microscopy Facility provides electron microscopy, optical microscopy, and histology services to Penn State's research community. The tutorial will introduce current capabilities and expertise in the facility with emphasis on newly acquired instruments and application examples of them.
“Materials Related Research Utilizing Advanced CyberInfrastructure” - Christopher Blanton
The session will discuss how members of the materials community have been utilizing Institute for Cyberscience (ICS)-Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) resources to facilitate and advance exciting and innovative lines of inquiry. We discuss examples of stimulating research accomplished thus far and present plans in which ongoing efforts are enhancing research support and collaborations.
“Environmental Analytical Capabilities in PSIEE” - Tim Ryan, Karol Confer
Penn State's Institutes for Energy and the Environment manage three unique capabilities to analyze naturally occurring and human-induced effects on critical environmental issues, both in the laboratory and in the field. This tutorial will provide an overview of some of the research supported by the PSIEE Water Quality Lab, the Center for Quantitative Imaging, and the Deployable Energy and Environmental Sustainability Laboratory (DEESL).
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m
Reception, Nittany Lion Inn - Ballroom
"Penn State Industry Engagement"
Neil Sharkey, Vice President for Research
"Pasteur's Quadrant in the Twenty-First Century: Why We Need to Rediscover Fundamental Research"
Bill Easterling, Dean; College of Earth, Minerals and Sciences