** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

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

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

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

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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).

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

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

** **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.

** **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.

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

** **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.

** **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.

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

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

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

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

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

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

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

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

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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).

** **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.

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

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

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

** **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.

- Modeling natural convection in random porous media
- Multiscale modeling of alloy solidification
- A nonlinear dimension reduction strategy for generating data driven stochastic input models
- A sparse grid collocation scheme for stochastic inverse problems
- On the development of weighted many-body expansions using ab-initio calculations for predicting stable crystal structures

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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!

** **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.

- Using multibody energy expansions from ab-initio calculations for computation of alloy phase structures
- Topological characterization of adsorption phenomena using multi-body potential expansions
- Semiconductor growth using magnetic fields and rotation
- Computing property variability of polycrystals induced by grain size and orientation uncertainties
- A level set simulation of dendritic solidification of multi-component alloys
- Control of properties in deformation processes using multi-scale sensitivity analysis
- On the design and control of properties in polycrystalline materials using process-texture-property maps

** **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.

- Modeling transport processes in heterogeneous random media
- A Bayesian computation approach to multiscale parameter estimation problems
- Modeling of dendritic growth of alloys with adaptive mesh refinement and the level set method
- Methodologies for multiscale solidification modeling
- Computational control of semiconductor crystal growth using magnetic fields
- A stochastic analysis of the Stefan problem using the extended finite element method and stochastic collocation
- Multiscale modeling of the deformation of polycrystal materials
- A maximum entropy approach to predicting property variability in polycrystals induced by microstructural variability
- An information learning approach for multiscale modeling of polycrystal materials

** **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.

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

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

** **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.

- Computational mathematics: Stochastic variational multiscale methods
- A Bayesian computation approach to inverse problems in transport processes
- Statistical learning techniques for materials-by-design
- An information theoretic approach to multiscale materials modeling
- Level set methods for dendritic solidification with fluid flow for multicomponent alloys
- Computational design of mold surface topography for control of defects in the early stages of Aluminum solidification
- Melt flow control in solidification and crystal growth processes using magnetic fields and magnetic field gradients
- Multiscale modeling of the deformation of polycrystal materials
- Uncertainty propagation, stochastic optimization and robust design of deformation processes

** **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.

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

** **July 27, 2005: MPDC laboratory members
participated in the

**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.**

**USNCCM VIII**- A keynote lecture on Inverse Problems: Functional optimization and Bayesian techniques
- A keynote lecture on uncertainty quantification: Stochastic variational multiscale methods
- Multiscale elliptic stochastic PDEs
- Model reduction for stochastic PDEs
- Stochastic spectral and support methods for modeling uncertainty propagation in deformation processes
- Enriched FEM (XFEM) modeling of dendritic solidification
- Level set models of 3D dendritic solidification with melt flow
- Maximum entropy methods (MAXENT) for estimating properties of random microstructures
- Wavelet-based information theoretic approach to multiscale problems
- Fluid flow control using magnetic fields with application to crystallization processes

** **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:

- MD simulations for grain boundary response (cohesive zone modeling) of nanocrystalline materials
- Uncertainty modeling in large deformations
- Virtual toolbox for microstructure interrogation
- Control of defects in solidification processes using magnetic fields
- Modeling of solidification on molds of uneven topologies and
- Level set models for simulation of multiphase multicomponent alloy solidification.

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