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Distinguished Speaker Series

2021

Lance Collins
Distinguished Speaker Series:
April 22, 2021
Lance Collins
Vice President and Executive Director, Innovation Campus
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Virginia Tech

Role of non-continuum fluid mechanics on atmospheric clouds

Ranga Pitchumani
Distinguished Speaker Series:
April 15, 2021
Ranga Pitchumani
George R. Goodson Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Virginia Tech

Textured Nonwetting Surfaces for Power Plant Condensers

Blane Harding
Distinguished Speaker Series:
April 1, 2021
Blane Harding
Director of Diversity Engagement
Office for Inclusion and Diversity
Virginia Tech

Cultural Humility: Becoming a Culturally Humble Professional

Hadi Ghasemi
Distinguished Speaker Series:
March 18, 2021
Hadi Ghasemi
Cullen Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Houston

Nano/molecular scale interfacial science: Fundamentals to real world applications

Ju Li
Distinguished Speaker Series:
March 4, 2021
Ju Li
Department of Nuclear Science and Engineeering, MIT

Title of talk: "Radiation-materials interactions at the nanoscale"

2020


Pablo Zavattieri
Distinguished Speaker Series:
March 5, 2020
Pablo Zavattieri
Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University

Title of talk: "Enabling unusual mechanism behavior through material architecture and bio-inspiration."

Joost Vlassak
Distinguished Speaker Series: February 6, 2020
Joost Vlassak
Harvard University

Title of talk: "Nano-calorimetry: A New Tool for Materials Development."

2019


Roger Kamm
Distinguished Speaker Series: Sept. 5, 2019
Roger D. Kamm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Title of talk: "Models of Neurological Disease."

Yu Sun
Distinguished Speaker Series: May 2, 2019
Yu Sun
University of Toronto

Title of talk: "Medical Robotics: Manipulation of Cells and Intracellular Structures."

Daniel J. Inman
Distinguished Speaker Series: April 4, 2019
Daniel J. Inman
University of Michigan

Title of talk: "Mechanical Metamaterials for Vibration Suppression."

Marc De Graef
Distinguished Speaker Series: Feb. 7, 2019
Marc De Graef
Carnegie Mellon University 

Title of talk: "Recent Advances in Quantitative Materials Characterization by Means of Electron Back-Scatter Diffraction."

2018


Thomas Zawodzinski
Distinguished Speaker Series: Dec. 6, 2018
Thomas A. Zawodzinski
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Title of talk: "Making use of renewable electrons with redox flow batteries and related ‘open’ systems."

Robert Ritchie
Distinguished Speaker Series: Nov. 1, 2018
Professor Robert O. Ritchie
University of California, Berkeley
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

Title of talk: "Damage-tolerance in engineering and biological materials."

Ronald K. Hanson
Distinguished Speaker Series: Oct. 4, 2018
Ronald K. Hanson
Stanford University 

Title of talk: "Evolution of tunable laser absorption sensors for combustion and propulsion."