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bullet March 5th, 2012: Ilias Bilionis speaks at the Scientific Computing & Numerics Seminar on the development of Bayesian models for uncertainty quantification of expensive computer codes. His presentation can be found here.  

bullet January 19th, 2012: Prof. N. Zabaras speaks on stochastic multiscale deformation models at the Center for Simulation and Modeling at the University of Pittsburgh. His presentation can be found here.  

bullet December 16th, 2011: Prof. N. Zabaras to give an invited talk on Uncertainty Quantification at the Computer Science and Mathematics Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His presentation can be found here.  

bullet December 5, 2011: Prof. N. Zabaras gives a plenary lecture at the Fourth International Conference on Scientific Computing and Partial Differential Equations, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, December 5-9, 2011. His presentation can be found here.  

bullet November 21, 2011: Prof. N. Zabaras gives an invited lecture on Uncertainty Quantification and Predictive Materials Science at the United Technologies Research Center. His presentation can be found here.  

bullet November 18, 2011: Prof. N. Zabaras gives is an invited seminar speaker at the School of Computational Sciences and Engineering at Georgia Tech. His presentation can be found here.  

bullet November 6-12, 2011: Prof. N. Zabaras is a visiting Research Fellow during the `Inverse Problems' program at the Isaac Newton School of Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University, UK.  

bullet October 11, November 1, 2011: The Uncertainty Quantification AFOSR MURI annual review takes place at Brown University. The MPDC presentations can be downloaded here: Bayesian approaches to SPDEs and Stochastic Multiscale Materials Modeling.  

bullet October 17th, 2011: Prof. N. Zabaras speaks at the ASCR Applied Mathematics, DOE Office of Science meeting in Washington, DC. His presentation can be found here.  

bullet September 19-20, 2011: Prof. N. Zabaras participates at the SAMSI workshop on Uncertainty Quantification: Engineering and Renewable Energies workshop in Research Triangle Park, NC.  

bullet August 1-6, 2011: Prof. N. Zabaras organizes the USA-Brazil Symposium on Uncertainty Quantification and Stochastic Modeling in Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

bullet June 26-30, 2011: Prof. N. Zabaras gives a plenary invited lecture at the High Dimensional Modeling HDA2011 meeting at the University of Bonn, Germany. His presentation can be downloaded here.  

bullet June 13-15, 2011: Prof. N. Zabaras gives an invited presentation at the Los Alamos National Laboratory workshop on Uncertainty Quantification and Stochastic Multiscale Materials Modeling in Santa Fe, NM. His presentation can be downloaded here.  

bullet May 31-June 3, 2011: Prof. N. Zabaras speaks at the annual AFOSR Computational Mathematics program meeting in Washington, DC. His presentation can be downloaded here.  

bullet April 22, 2011: Prof. N. Zabaras speaks on random heterogeneous media at the PREM Seminar Series at the City College of New York.  

bullet February 28, 2011: Ilias Bilionis gives two invited lectures at the SIAM-Computational Science and Engineering conference in Reno, NV, Feb 28 - March 4, 2011. His presentations on sparse kernels for the solution of SPDEs and kernel PCA techniques for model reduction of stochasic input models are available for review.  

bullet February 24, 2011: Prof. N. Zabaras gives a plenary lecture on `high dimensional stochastic modeling in randon heterogeneous media' at the IAMCS Workshop on Large-scale Inverse Problems and Uuncertainty Quantification, Department of Mathematics, Texas A &M. His presentation can be found here.  

bullet February 22, 2011: Presentation of ONR-STTR (Final project report for Phase I and proposal for Phase II) on `Probabilistic Prediction of Location-Specific Microstructure in Turbine Disks' takes place in Arlington, VA.  

bullet December 17, 2010: Congratulations to Bin Wen for successfully passing the A exam presenting his PhD proposal plan on `Stochastic Multiscale Modeling of Two-Phase Superalloys for the Design of Engine Disks'. His presentation can be found here.  

bullet November 8th, 2010: Prof. N. Zabaras to speak on `Bayesian networks for complex systems' at the `Ops Analyst Forum' at the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB, FL, October 31st, 2010.  

bullet October 29th, 2010: The second annual meeting for the OSD/AFOSR/MURI project on `Multi-Scale Fusion of Information for Uncertainty Quantification and Management in Large-Scale Simulations' to be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, October 29th, 2010.  

bullet October 21st, 2010: Professor N. Zabaras will speak at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Seminar Series at the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, October 21, 2010.  

bullet October 11th, 2010: Professor N. Zabaras will serve on a review panel of the `CZT Crystal Growth' project of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, October 11th, 2010.  

bullet September 20th, 2010: Professor N. Zabaras organizes and speaks on a symposium `on uncertainty quantification in mesoscale materials models' at the DoD/DoE Workshop on Particulate Materials in Extreme Environments, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, September 20-24, 2010.  

bullet September 16th, 2010: Professor N. Zabaras gives an invited lecture at the Rolls-Royce Research Center, Indianapolis, IN on `Analyzing complexity and uncertainty in complex systems using probabilistic graphical models', September 16, 2010.  

bullet September 1st, 2010: MPDC in partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Dr. Guang Lin) and Princeton University (Prof. Yannis Kevrekidis) was one of the 6 teams selected among 90 competing projects for funding on UQ for `Stochastic Multiscale Systems at the Exascale' (DoE Office of Science, Advanced Scientific Computing Research).  

bullet August 25th, 2010: Professor N. Zabaras gives the keynote lecture on `Bayesian Multiscale Estimation using Sequential Monte Carlo' at the IPDO2010, Inverse Problems, Design and Optimization Symposium, João Pessoa, Brazil, August 25-27, 2010.  

bullet August 18, 2010: Xiang Ma successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on "An efficient computational framework for uncertainty quantification in multiscale systems" on August 18, 2010, at 10:30 am. Links to his defense presentation and thesis can be found here.  Lijian is joining this summer the R&D staff of Microsoft Corp., WA, Bellevue.

bullet August 15th, 2010: MPDC welcomes five new graduate research assistants to our laboratory -- Four from Applied/Computational Mathematics programs (Elias Bilionis, Xinzeng Feng, and Vasileios Fountoulakis), one from Computational Physics (Jin Xu) and one with Aerospace/Computer Science program (Bingxin Xu). All but Elias Bilionis (Center for Applied Mathematics) are enrolled with the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Field.  

bullet July 12th, 2010: Professor N. Zabaras speaks at the 2010 SIAM Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, June 12-16, 2010.  

bullet June 7th, 2010: Professor N. Zabaras gives an invited talk on the `Frontier in UQ seminar series' on `Uncertainty Quantification in Random Heterogeneous Media' at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Fundamental & Computational Sciences, Computational Sciences and Mathematics, Richland, WA, June 7, 2010.  

bullet May 24th, 2010: Prof. N. Zabaras is invited speaker at the "Uncertainty Quantification" workshop at the International Center for Mathematical Sciences, Edinburgh, Scotland, May 24-28, 2010.  

bullet May 10th, 2010: Prof. N. Zabaras is invited keynote speaker at the `Numerical Solution of SPDEs' workshop in Torino, Italy, May 10-13.  

bullet May 1st, 2010: MPDC & Advanced Dynamics Inc. have been awarded a Navy STTR - Phase I (N10A-T028) for stochastic multiscale process analysis & design of engine disks.  

bullet March 29, 2010: Prof. Zabaras gives an invited lecture on `Uncertainty Quantification in Random Heterogeneous Media' at the Air Force Research Laboratories, Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, Eglin, FL, March 29, 2010.  

bullet January 12, 2010: Prof. Zabaras speaks at the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering seminar series at Notre Dame University.  

bullet January 1st, 2010: Prof. N. Zabaras was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Int. Journal for Uncertainty Quantification (IJ4UQ).  

bullet November 15th, 2009: Post-doctoral Fellow positions and graduate research assistantships (GRAs) for Ph.D. studies are available at MPDC. For more information on these positions and how to apply, please visit this announcement (deadline for applications for Fall 2010 is January 1st, 2010). Due to the high number of Email requests for evaluating CVs and informal applications, please note that we will not respond to any such Emails before a complete electronic application to the Cornell Graduate school has been submitted.  

bullet October 1, 2009: Professor Nicholas Zabaras leads a short course on uncertainty quantification and stochastic modeling at PUC-Rio in Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brasil, November 3-6, 2009. For more information see this announcement.

bullet October 1, 2009: Professor Nicholas Zabaras gives an invited plenary lecture on the 30° CILAMCE, `the 30th Iberian-Latin-American Congress on Computational Methods in Engineering', at Armação de Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 8-11, 2009.

bullet October 1, 2009: Professor Nicholas Zabaras is an invited speaker on October 19th at the Applied and Computational Mathematics Program at Caltech.

bullet September 15, 2009: Professor Nicholas Zabaras was selected for the 2009 Michael Tien '72 Excellence in Teaching Prize in the College of Engineering.

bullet August 7, 2009: Congratulations to Babak Kouchmeshky for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis. His B-exam presentation can be found here.

bullet July 16th, 2009: Several members of MPDC presented their research work at the 10th U.S. National Congress in Computational Mechanics, Columbus, OH, July 16-19, 2009. Xiang Ma presented his works on inverse problems using a Bayesian approach and adaptive sparse grid collocation and high-dimensional modeling. Babak Kouchmeshky presented on uncertainty quantification in deformation processes. Zheng Li presented a data-driven approach to stochastic modeling of polycrystalline microstructures. Finally, Bin Wen presented his work on multiscale modeling of deformation processes of polycrystalline materials.

bullet May 8th, 2009: MPDC together with Brown University (lead), Massachusetts Institute of Technology and California Institute of Technology are members of a team that was selected for an AFOSR (Computational Mathematics) MURI (Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative) award on an uncertainty quantification project in complex systems. The announcement from the U.S. Department of Defense can be found on this DoD News Releases. As part of this project, the Cornell team will receive up to two million dollars. More on the winning team and some project details can be found on this MURI web site and here.  

bullet September 15, 2008: Prof. N. Zabaras is an invited speaker on September 17th at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics seminar series at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  

bullet August 7th, 2008: Prof. Zabaras is an invited speaker at the United Technologies Research Center on August 8th.  

bullet August 1st, 2008: Dr. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian is joining the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering department at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, as the William March Scholar in Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor.  

bullet July 10th, 2008: A grant award from the Materials Design and Surface Engineering program of the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Directorate of NSF will support MPDC for research on integrating multiscale modeling and statistical learning for the design of polycrystalline materials. The abstract for this award can be found here.  

bullet July 9th, 2008: A grant award from the Computational Mathematics program of the Mathematical Sciences Directorate of NSF will support MPDC for research on stochastic multiscale PDE systems. The abstract for this award can be found here.  

bullet June 15th, 2008: Prof. N. Zabaras will give the plenary lecture on the 6th Greek Association of Computational Mechanics (GRACM) International Congress on Computational Mechanics in Thessaloniki, Greece, June 19-21, 2008.  

bullet May 22, 2008: Congratulations to several students from our laboratory for defending their thesis or successfully passing their preliminary PhD or Qualifying exam. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian defended his PhD thesis (May 12, 2008). Sethuraman Sankaran defended his PhD thesis (May 7, 2008). Xiang Ma passed his Admission to Candidacy A-exam (May 6th, 2008). Wei Li defended the Master of Science exam (April 15, 2008). Babak Kouchmeshky passed his Admission to Candidacy A-exam (April 22, 2008).  

bullet February 1st, 2008: Prof. N. Zabaras is an invited speaker on February 8th at the 2008 Environmental Engineering (ENVE) seminar series at the University of Connecticut.  

bullet January 4th, 2008: Prof. Zabaras will be offering `MAE715-Atomistic Modeling of Materials' this Spring. For more information check the course web site.  

bullet November 12th, 2007: Baskar Ganapathysubramanian is the invited speaker at the Civil and Environmental Engineering seminar series at Cornell University.  

bullet November 9th, 2007: Prof. N. Zabaras speaks at the Scientific Computing Seminar at the Applied Mathematics Division at Brown University.  

bullet July 23nd, 2007: The MPDC laboratory participated in the USNCCM IX, 9th National Congress on Computational Mechanics, San Francisco, CA, July 23-26, 2007, with five presentations. These presentations can be reviewed below.

bullet July 6th, 2007: An ARO (Materials Science Division) grant to MPDC will allow investigation of ab initio based multibody energy expansions for the design of metallic materials with extremal properties. The executive summary of our proposed work is given here.  

bullet June 11 and 12, 2007: Prof. N. Zabaras and Dr. H. Najb (Sandia National Laboratories) offered a workshop (short course) on `Uncertainty Quantification' sponsored by the Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets (CSAR) and the Computational Science and Engineering program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

bullet May 22nd, 2007: Lijian Tan successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on "Multiscale modeling of the solidification of multicomponent alloys" on May 22, 10 am. Links to his defense presentation and thesis can be found here.  Lijian is joining this summer the R&D staff of ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, Houston, Texas.

bullet May 18th, 2007: Veera Sundararaghavan successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on "Multi-scale Computational Techniques for Design of Polycrystalline Materials" on May 18, 1 pm, TH 204. Links to his defense presentation and thesis can be found here.  Veera is joining at the end of this summer as a tenure track Assistant Professor the faculty of the Aerospace Engineering department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

bullet April 30, 2007: The second annual graduate student symposium on quantum mechanical modeling of materials to take place May 9th, in Rhodes 178, 12-5 pm. More information on the symposium schedule and links to presentations will be posted here.  

bullet April 24, 2007: Baskar Ganapathysubramanian's work on `data driven stochastic diffusion in random heterogeneous media' was selected as a finalist in the 2007 Robert J. Melosh competition. He presented his work at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, April 27, 2007. The schedule of this event is available here and more information on this competion is provided on this link.  

bullet April 17, 2007: Veera Sundararaghavan, a graduate student from the MPDC laboratory will be joining this Fall the Aerospace Engineering faculty at the University of Michigan. This is only a small indication of his great accomplishments in his four years in our laboratory. Warm congratulations to him from all of us at MPDC!

bullet March 1, 2007: The MPDC laboratory participated in the TMS 2007 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Orlando, Florida, February 25th - March 1st, 2007 with seven presentations. These presentations can be reviewed below for more details on our recent work.

bullet July 14, 2006: The MPDC laboratory participated in the The Seventh World Congress on Computational Mechanics, Los Angeles, California, July 16-22, 2006 with nine presentations including a keynote lecture. These presentations can be reviewed below for more details on our recent work.

bullet May 11, 2006: A record number of MPDC graduate students completed their A/B exams within the last 2 weeks. In particular, two MPDC members defended their PhD theses (S. Acharjee and B. Velamur Asokan) and two more (V. Sundararaghavan and L. Tan) succesfully passed their A-exams.  

bullet March 31, 2006: Professor N. Zabaras is elected Fellow of ASME.  

bullet March 20, 2006: An AFOSR-Computational Mathematics award through the DoD-DURIP program will allow MPDC to acquire a 128-processor LINUX cluster dedicated to robust materials design using multiscale mathematics and stochastic modeling. More information on this award is provided at this DoD web site.  

bullet March 15, 2006: The first annual graduate student symposium on quantum mechanical modeling of materials to take place May 8th. More information on the symposium schedule and links to presentations will be posted here.  

bullet February 1, 2006: A recent article of Lijian Tan & Prof. N. Zabaras on level set modeling of dendritic solidification published on the Journal of Computational Physics is featured on the The ScienceDirect TOP25 Hottest computer science articles. This work can be reviewed from this link.  

bullet January 5, 2006: Professor N. Zabaras will be offering in the Spring of 2006 a new graduate course on the simulation of materials at the atomic scale. Emphasis will be given in determining material properties of solids, atoms and molecules from the fundamental quantum mechanics equations for the electrons (density functional theory). The course will include a variety of applications to nanotechnology.  

bullet December 21, 2005: Deep Samanta successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on "Computational techniques for the analysis and control of alloy solidification processes" on December 21, 2005. Links to his defense presentation and thesis can be found here.  Deep is joining the Computational Mechanics R&D staff of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in OH.

bullet November 8, 2005: The MPDC laboratory participated in the external review of the Sibley School (November 7-8, 2005) with a number of poster presentations highlighting current research projects. These posters can be reviewed below for more details on our work.

bullet August 26, 2005: Jingbo Wang successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on "Bayesian computational techniques for inverse problems in transport processes" on August 26, 2005. Links to his defense presentation and thesis are available here.  Jingbo is joining the technical R&D staff of ExxonMobil Corp. in NJ.

bullet August 1, 2005: A recent article of the Cornell Supercomputing Theory Center (CTC) is featuring our work on materials-by-design. 

bullet July 27, 2005: MPDC laboratory members participated in the USNCCM VIII Congress in Computational Mechanics in Austin, TX, July 24-27, 2005, with a record of 10 paper presentations including 2 keynote lectures. Follow the links below for reviewing these presentations.

bullet June 18, 2005: The MPDC laboratory participated in the MIT III Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, June 14-17, 2005, with 6 paper presentations. Follow the links below to review the papers presented in this meeting: