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Engineering New Graduate Student Orientation

Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:00am - 2:00pm
Barus and Holley 190

Summer Research Symposium

Friday, August 08, 2014 11:00am - 1:00pm

The 2014 Summer Research Symposium, sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College, will be held two days, August 7 and August 8, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Sayles Hall. Undergraduate research and curricular projects conducted throughout this summer will be on display for review and questions. Research in the Life Sciences and Humanities will be presented on Thursday, August 7, while those covering Physical and Social Sciences will be presented on Friday, August 8. All are welcome!

Graduate Student Research Series

Thursday, August 07, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
>> OFF CAMPUS LOCATION: see description for details

Graduate Student Research Series Make an impression… ‘If I had only sixty seconds on stage, what would I absolutely have to say to get my message across?” Present your research in 3-5 minutes ...

Guest Lecture: Dr. Eric Stach from Brookhaven National Laboratory

Thursday, August 07, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm

"Characterization of working catalysts with advanced electron microscopy methods” Eric Stach - Thursday, August 7th 2014; Noon; Barus & Holley 190 Brookhaven National Laboratory Hosted by: The Center for the Capture and Conversion of CO2 Abstract: The field of electron microscopy has seen dramatic advances in the past decade, with the development of advanced electron optics such as aberration-correctors and source monchromators, new detector modalities and advances in sample manipulation and probing.

Guest Lecture: Yogesh Surendranath from MIT

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm

"Mechanistic Insights into Electrocatalytic Fuel Formation & Combustion" - Yogesh Surendranath from MIT -- Wednesday, August 6th 2014; Noon; Barus & Holley 190 Hosted by: The Center for the Capture and Conversion of CO2 Abstract: The widespread utilization of renewable energy will require energy dense and cost-effective methods for its storage and recovery. This challenge could be met by pairing electrolytic reduction of carbon dioxide to liquid fuels with subsequent recombination of the fuel and O2 in a fuel cell.

Intellectual Property & Research Commercialization Workshop

Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:00am - 1:00pm

Presented by The Superfund Research Program at Brown and T32 Training Grants. For more information or to RSVP please email Jim Rice at

Workshop Flyer

Laboratory Safety Training

Monday, July 21, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm

Laboratory Safety Training is a 3-hour classroom session presented by the University Chemical Hygiene Officer or Laboratory Safety Specialist and covers key elements of the University’s Chemical Hygiene Plan and laboratory safety best practices. Who Must Attend? Laboratory Safety Training is required for any individual working (paid or unpaid) in a Brown University laboratory. This includes, but is not limited to, Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Staff, and Visitors. Registration for this course is mandatory.

Power-Efficient RF/Analog ICs and System Design for Wireless and Biomedical Applications

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Donald Y.C. Lie, Ph.D., Keh-Shew Lu Regents Chair Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas Tech University.

Superfund Research Program: Webinar

Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The webinar series is co-sponsored by Brown University's SRP and the RI Society for Risk Analysis. "Health Perspectives Study in the Marcellus Shale," presented by Dr. Pouné Saberi, University of Pennsylvania.

Lecture: Nilay Hazari from Yale University

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm

How to determine if a homogeneous catalyst is actually heterogeneous? Nilay Hazari from Yale University Tuesday, June 17th 2014; 12pm; BH 190 Host: The Center for the Capture and Conversion of CO2 ...

12th Annual Northeastern Granular Materials Workshop

Friday, June 06, 2014 12:00am - 12:00am

The Northeastern Granular Materials Workshop (NEGW) is designed to to bring researchers and students in the North East (New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) together to discuss their work on granular materials and explore collaborations. The workshop features pedagogical talks, short contributed talks and poster sessions.

Combined Safety Training

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm

Laboratory Safety Training is a 3-hour classroom session presented by the University Chemical Hygiene Officer or Laboratory Safety Specialist and covers key elements of the University’s Chemical ...


Sunday, May 25, 2014 12:00am - 12:00am
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Back to Brown Engineering Alumni Reception

Friday, May 23, 2014 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Back to Brown Engineering Alumni Reception Friday, May 23, 2014, 4:30-6:00, Barus & Holley Lobby. All engineering alumni who are coming back to campus for commencement are invited to join us to reconnect with fellow engineering alumni and faculty during this beer, wine, and cheese reception. We hope you will join us! Please spread the word to other Brown engineers.

Brown Chapter Sigma Xi Induction Ceremony

Friday, May 23, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Sigma Xi Inductions ceremony for new inductees and their parents. The ceremony will be held from 2:00- 4:00 pm. Attendance is by invitation or for ticket holders

CCI Guest lecturer: Dr. Mircea Dinca from MIT

Friday, May 23, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Teaching Sponges New Tricks: Small Molecule Chemistry and Charge Transport in Microporous Metal-Organic Frameworks Mircea Dincă Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry Friday, May 23rd 2014; Noon; Barus & Holley 190 Abstract: Traditional applications of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are focused on gas storage and separation, which take advantage of the inherent porosity and high surface area of these materials. The MOFs’ use in technologies that require charge transport have lagged behind, however, because MOFs are poor conductors of electricity.

Reunion Weekend

Friday, May 23, 2014 12:00am - Sunday, May 25, 2014 12:00am
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Classes ending in 4 and 9, come back to campus this Memorial Day weekend to celebrate your lifelong connection to Brown! See what's new on campus, dance the night away at Campus Dance, attend thought-provoking forums, and enjoy an array of receptions and student performances. For more information, including a schedule of events, visit the alumni reunion website or download the alumni mobile app.

CCI Guest lecturer: Dr. Yang Shao-Horn from MIT

Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Enabling Oxides for Oxygen Electrocatalysis Yang Shao-Horn Department of Mechanical Engineering Department of Materials Science and Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA ...

Fluids Seminar: Properties of Gold-Water Nanofluids Using Molecular Dynamics

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Gianluca Puliti* University of Notre Dame Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Notre Dame, IN *Current affiliation: Piramal Critical Care, Inc. Properties of Gold-Water Nanofluids Using Molecular Dynamics Nanofluids belong to a new class of fluids with enhanced thermophysical properties and heat transfer performance. A broad spectrum of applications in science and engineering can potentially benefit from their use. However, the physical explanation for this enhancement is still lacking.

MPPB Seminar - Anita Shukla "Designer Biomaterial Surfaces for Drug Delivery & Regenerative Medicine"

Friday, May 16, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm

MPPB Seminar - Dr. Anita Shukla, Assistant Professor of Engineering at Brown University, will present a seminar entitled "Designer Biomaterial Surfaces for Drug Delivery & Regenerative Medicine" May 16, 2014 12:00-1:00 PM in Sidney Frank Auditorium Room 220. Beverages and light snacks will be served.

Fluids Seminar: Dynamics of Soft Interfaces in Droplet-based Microfluidics

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Quentin Brosseau Max-Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization Göttingen, Germany Dynamics of Soft Interfaces in Droplet-based Microfluidics The numerous applications of microfluidic emulsions (i.e., compartmentalization) rely on both the short and long term stabilization of droplet interfaces. This is achieved mainly via the addition of surfactant or the formation of a rigid capsule. Therefore in order to predict and control the stability of the emulsions, a precise control of the interfaces modified in this way is required.

PRIME Final Presentations

Monday, May 12, 2014 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Barus and Holley 190

The Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship teams will present their final projects. 

Modulators for Terahertz Radiation

Friday, May 09, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm

Professor Daniel Mittleman Interim Director, Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice University Abstract: Terahertz radiation promises many important emerging applications, from imaging to wireless communication. However, many critical components and capabilities remain out of reach. We describe recent advances in the development of one important example – the ability to externally modulate a freely propagating terahertz wave.

Accurate and Efficient High-Dimensional Neural Network Potentials for Atomistic Simulations

Thursday, May 08, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Dr. Nongnuch Artrith, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT. Simulations of realistic catalyst particles critically depend on the accurate description of the underlying potential energy surface (PES). While first­ principles methods such as density-functional theory (DFT) can provide very accurate energies and forces, they are computationally too demanding to address many interesting systems.

Final Examination Period. (No exams on Sunday May 11).

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 12:00am - Friday, May 16, 2014 12:00am
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Final Examination Period. (No exams on Sunday May 11).

Fluids Seminar: The Role of Vortex Lift on Flapping Wings

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Professor Anya Jones University of Maryland College Park, MD The Role of Vortex Lift on Flapping Wings The lift produced by an entomological flapping wing is investigated via simplified models of the wing kinematics, with a focus on near-impulsively started rectilinear and rotational motions. Force and velocity field measurements are examined in parallel with flow visualization to identify the sources of lift, the relative importance of these contributions, and the time-scales over which they persist.

Christopher Wright - "Catalyst structure and annealing dynamics from the pair distribution function: a basis for rational catalyst design"

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Greetings! You are invited to the upcoming Center for the Capture and Conversion of CO2 presentation on Tuesday, May 6th (12:00 to 1:00 pm in Barus and Holley 190). The speaker is: Christopher Wright ...

University Awards Ceremony - A Celebration of Teaching and Research

Monday, May 05, 2014 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Members of the Brown community are invited to honor the recipients of the University awards in Teaching and Research at the 2014 Awards Ceremony. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of faculty and graduate students at this university-wide reception and ceremony. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

[SPEED MAKING] Ideation modeled afer speed dating.

Thursday, May 01, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join A Beter World by Design, IBM, and RISD Industrial Design Professor Andy Law for an evening of brainstorming, chating, and dining. Open to all students. Free food.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Lithium-Air Batteries

Thursday, May 01, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Venkat Viswanathan, MIT (Starting as Assistant Professor at CMU, 2014) Li-air batteries have a much higher theoretical gravimetric energy storage density than all other candidate battery chemistries and this has led to a strong interest in developing such batteries for powering EVs, enabling driving ranges comparable to gasoline powered automobiles. However, many fundamental challenges need to be solved before these batteries can become practical.