College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

CSE Events Calendar

For October 2014

Oct 21, 14

Cyber Security Summit 2014

The Cyber Security Summit seeks to change the paradigm of how we look at digital space and security, focusing on demystifying the impact that cyber security has on our nation's government and business operations. The mission of the Summit is to establish a multi-stakeholder consortium that brings together industry, government, and academic interests in an effort to improve the state of cyber security on both a domestic and international level.

The 2013 Cyber Security Summit is open to representatives of public sector organizations, private sector organizations, and those interested on this topic. Great savings are available for faculty and staff from any college or university who register before Sunday, Sept. 15. Cost: Rates vary; Discounts for faculty and staff before Sept. 15 and students before Oct. 18.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 21–Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Time: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location: The Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis

FFI: Visit the website and register online.

Oct 21, 14

Managing Your Research Data

How can we ensure that the data we create for our research will still be usable next year, and also in 10 or 20 years? In this workshop we will discuss strategies for minimizing the long- & short-term risks to your data, identify options for data publication & archiving, and suggest how data management resources available to you at the UMN can help you comply with emerging data management policies from funding agencies.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Time: 3-4pm

Location: Walter Library, Room 310

FFI: Visit the website and register online.

Oct 25, 14

Bell Museum-Saturday with a Scientist: The Engineer's Sandbox

Spend Saturday with Joe Labuz and Kimberly Hill from the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering at the University of Minnesota as we explore something we're all familiar with, but may not know a lot about--sand!

Watch demonstrations by Labuz and his graduate students, or listen to Hill talk about "the art and science of sand." Curious about quicksand? Quicksand is not any special type of sand, but is a state that normal sand can be in under certain conditions--learn how with the quicksand tank. See sand up close under microscopes and even test the strength of sand by exploring sand's ability to withstand landslides and friction forces.

Free with museum admission.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Time: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Location: Bell Museum

FFI: Visit the website and register online.

Oct 27, 14

Geothermal Energy, Energy from the Earth

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Joel Renner, M.Sc., Idaho National Lab (retired), will present "Geothermal Energy, Energy from the Earth."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.

Oct 30, 14

Toy Models

Would you like to come see some toys? "Toys" here have a special sense: objects of daily life that you can find or make in minutes, yet which, if played with imaginatively, reveal surprises that keep scientists puzzling for a while. Table-top demonstrations of several such toys will be presented, and we will visit some of the science that they open up.

Tadashi Tokieda, the Director of Studies in Mathematics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, grew up in Japan, was educated in France, used to be a classical philologist, and has a Ph.D. from Princeton. One of his lines of activity is inventing, collecting, and studying toys. Some of these toys have been featured in shows and exhibits in various countries.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Moos Tower, Room 2-650

FFI: Visit the website.

Oct 30, 14

Viewing the Birth of the Universe from the Bottom of the World

At one time the origin and fate of the Universe in which we find ourselves was the subject of speculation by mystics and philosophers. Now it is a hard, data-driven science--although some mysteries remain!

Professor Clem Pryke will guide you through the current state of knowledge, from the discovery of cosmic expansion to dark matter and dark energy. Then journey back in cosmic time to the first instant of the Big Bang and learn about the recent evidence for gravitational waves coming from the BICEP2 radio telescope located at the South Pole.

Pryke's lecture will be followed by a Q&A session, plus free viewing of Eyes on the Universe in the Bell Museum's West Gallery.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Bell Museum Auditorium

FFI: Visit the website.

Oct 31, 14

Multi-Scale Mechanics and Evolving Discontinuities

"Multi-Scale Mechanics and Evolving Discontinuities" will be presented by Rene De Borst, Reuius Professor of Engineering and Mechanics, University of Glasgow at the 2014 Vardoulakis Lecture on Civil Engineering.

Multi-scale methods are quickly becoming a new paradigm in many branches of science, including simulation-based engineering, where multi-scale approaches can further our understanding of the behavior of man-made and natural materials. In multi-scale analyses a greater resolution is sought at ever smaller scales. In this manner, it is possible to incorporate the physics more properly and, therefore, to construct models that are more reliable and have a greater range of validity at the macroscale.

This lecture will begin with a concise classification of multi-scale computational mechanics, and focus on computational methods that allow for concurrent computing at multiple scales. Difficulties related to the efficient and accurate coupling between the various subdomains will be highlighted with an emphasis on the coupling of domains that are modeled by dissimilar field equations. Next, the focus will turn to evolving discontinuities that arise at different scales and methods of resolving them, including level sets, phase-field approaches, partition-of-unity finite element methods, and isogeometric finite element analysis. Finally, approaches will be outlined for multi-scale analyses that include coupling of evolving discontinuities with non-purely mechanical effects.

Date: Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Civil Engineering, Room

FFI: Visit the website.