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

CSE Events Calendar

For October 2014

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

Science, Technology and Society: Exploring the Linkages; Framing the Questions

CEMS Presents the 2014 Aris Seminars

Commune Vinculum Omnibus Artibus Lectures

This lecture series, named in honor of Regents Professor Emeritus Rutherford Aris, will feature Kenneth H. Keller as the distinguished speaker. Keller is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and former University of Minnesota President (1985-1988).

Date: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Time: 1:25 p.m.

Location: Amundson Hall, Room B75

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.