From Nitinol in Coffee... to Now: A 27 Year Journey of Active Materials

A Symposium in Honor of Professor Kaushik Bhattacharya on the Occasion of His 50th Birthday

Friday, January 9, 2015


A leader in the study of Active Materials our beloved MCE Executive Officer, colleague, advisor and friend Kaushik Bhattacharya celebrates 27 years in the field and a 50th Birthday this year. This symposium celebrates his life, leadership and mentorship. Dr. Bhattacharya’s current research concerns three broad areas: (i) Active materials such as shape-memory alloys, ferroelectrics and liquid crystal elastomers, (ii) Heterogeneous materials and designing unprecedented properties by exploiting heterogeneities, (iii) Coarse-grained density functional theory to understand defects in solids. Join us as we celebrate Professor Bhattacharya on Friday, January 9th in Hameetman Auditorium.


Location: Hameetman Auditorium in the Cahill Astrophysics Building

7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration and Coffee
8:05 - 8:10 AM Organizing Committee Welcome
8:10 - 8:20 AM Welcome and Introductions, Ares Rosakis Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering; Otis Booth Leadership Chair, Division of Engineering and Applied Science
Session 1: Mr. Vinamra Agrawal, Chair
8:30 – 9:00 AM A possible method for the detection and scientific study of Ebola and other helical viruses
Professor Richard James, University of Minnesota
9:00 – 9:30 AM Bounding the response of inhomogeneous bodies, and E inclusions
Professor Graeme Milton, University of Utah
9:30 – 10:00 AM Linking Length Scales: Investigating the Effect of Microscale Strain Localization on Macroscopic Response
Professor Samantha Daly, University of Michigan
10:00 – 10:25 AM Coffee Break
Session 2: Mr. Srivatsan Hulikal, Chair
10:30 – 11:00 AM Optimal design revisited: the effect of perimeter regularization
Professor Robert V. Kohn, Courant Institute, New York University
11:00 – 11:30 AM From bi-stable chains to proteins.
Professor Sefi Givli, Technion Israel Institute of Technology
11:30 AM – Noon Nonlinear Elastic Inclusions in Isotropic Solids
Professor Arash Yavari, Georgia Institute of Technology
Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch (Dabney Lounge)
Session 3: Ms. Xin Cindy Wang PhD., Chair
1:15 – 1:45 PM Long-Term Atomistic Simulation of Heat and Mass Transport.
Professor Michael Ortiz, California Institute of Technology
1:45 – 2:15 PM Tensor-structured techniques for large scale Kohn-Sham DFT calculations.
Professor Vikram Gavini, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2:15 – 2:45 PM Towards Mechanics using Quantum-Mechanics
Professor Phanish Suryanarayana, Georgia Institute of Technology
2:45 – 3:45 PM Coffee Break & Student Poster Session
Session 4: Mr. Lincoln Collins, Chair
3:45 – 4:15 PM The effective behaviors of thermoelectric composites
Professor Jiangyu Li, University of Washington
4:15 – 4:45 PM A Dynamic Multiscale Phase-field Model: Regularized Interfaces with Transparent Prescription of Complex Kinetics and Nucleation.
Professor Kaushik Dayal, Carnegie Mellon University
4:45 – 5:15 PM On surface instabilities and spherulitic crystallization
Professor Michel Jabbour, École Polytechnique, France
5:15 – 5:45 PM Mechanics of Materials with Microstructure: Reflections on my collaboration with Kaushik Bhattacharya
Professor G. Ravichandran, California Institute of Technology
Dinner By Invitation