The Research Conference features faculty presentations in the fall semester and graduate student presentations in the spring semester

Spring 2024

The Spring 2024 APAM Graduate Student Research Symposium has been postponed.

Fall 2023

Coordinators: Prof. Elizabeth Paul and Prof. Shanyin Tong

Carlos Paz-Soldan, Applied Physics
"Plasma physics and fusion energy"

Xuenan Li, Applied Mathematics
"The Kagome lattice as a mechanical metamaterial"
Michael Mauel, Applied Physics
"Are we ready for a fusion pilot plant? (and other comments)"

Katayun Barmk, Materials Science & Engineering
"Materials: Synthesis, Structure, Properties"

Steven Sabbagh, Applied Physics
"Status of DECAF Toward Reaching Tokamak Disruption Forecasting, Prediction, and Characterization Goals”

Adam Sobel, Applied Mathematics
"Climate risk and adaptation"
Simon Billinge, Materials Science & Engineering
"Watching Real Materials in action: Overcoming challenges with the help of AI"

Yuan Yang, Materials Science & Engineering
"Materials designs in energy storage and isotope separation"

Nanfang Yu, Applied Physics
"Flat optics"
Oleg Gang, Applied Physics
"Programmable Nanomaterials"

Aravind Devarakonda, Applied Physics
"Lattice and Superlattice Design of Quantum Materials"
Chris Hansen, Applied Physics
"Bridging the gap from research to engineering tools for the emerging fusion industry"

Siu-Wai Chan, Materials Science & Engineering
"Nano-oxides: what uses do they have?"
Marc Spiegelman, Applied Mathematics
"Integration of Computational Thermodynamics and Geodynamics"

No seminar - Thanksgiving Break

Elizabeth Paul, Applied Physics
"Advancing magnetic confinement fusion through shape optimization"

Spring 2023

APAM is happy to announce the inaugural 2023 Spring APAM Graduate Student Research Symposium, which will take place on Friday, April 21, 2023 from 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM. This research symposium replaces and condenses the former spring semester Friday student research seminars into one big event.

Event structure:
There will be 3 sessions with talks from students from each APAM PhD program accompanied by a coffee break, lunch break, and a dinner reception / APAM Friday at the end with awards including cash prizes of $200 for the best presentation from each session. All APAM students (grad & undergrad), postdocs, and faculty are invited (and expected) to attend the event!

Please mark the date in your calendars and plan accordingly so you can attend most if not all of the event! We are hoping the whole department will attend! View a tentative schedule as well as register for the event HERE

Call for abstracts:
PhD students: please fill out this form to sign up to give a talk (see form for details). 4th year students are strongly encouraged to sign up but we will accept sign ups from APAM PhD students in their 3rd year and above. The deadline to sign up for talks is Friday, March 31, 2023. If you have any questions or concerns you can email the grad student organizers at [email protected].

Fall 2022

Fall 2022 Coordinator: Prof. Lu Zhang

Shanyin Tong, Applied Mathematics
"Extreme event probability estimation and control"
Siu-Wai Chan, Materials Science & Engineering
"What are nano-crystals teaching us?"

Simon Billinge, Materials Science & Engineering
"Unsupervised and supervised machine learning for total scattering and pdf analyses"
Kyle Mandli, Applied Mathematics
"Computational Methods for Shallow Mass Flow"

Vladimir Kobzar, Applied Mathematics
"A PDE-Based Analysis of Bandit Problems: the Symmetric Two-Armed Bernoulli Bandit Example"
Marc Spiegelman, Applied Mathematics
"Integration of Computational Thermodynamics and Geodynamics"

Yuan Yang, Materials Science & Engineering
"Materials Designs and Characterizations for Energy Storage and Management"
Carlos Paz-Soldan, Applied Physics
"Fusion Plasma: Science and Control"

Julian Chen, Applied Physics
"What the Universe Consists of: Material Points or Continuous Fields?"

Oleg Gang, Applied Physics/Chem Eng
"Programmalbe Nanoscale Assembly "

Nanfang Yu, Applied Physics
"Flat optics"
Michael Weinstein, Applied Mathematics
"Edge states in continuum and discrete models of 2D materials"

Adam Sobel, Applied Mathematics
"The science of climate risk"
Elizabeth Paul, Applied Physics
"Numerical optimization for advancing fusion energy "

Lu Zhang, Applied Mathematics
"An energy-based discontinuous Galerkin method for a nonlinear variational wave equation"
Alexander Gaeta, Applied Physics
"Using photonics to generate ultralow-noise microwaves"

Michael Tippett, Applied Mathematics
"ENSO: Some history and questions"
Robert Pincus, Applied Mathematics
“Radiant energy flows in the climate system” 

No seminar

Chris Wiggins, Applied Mathematics
"The Differential Geometry of Smooth Bandits"
Gregory Elsaesser, NASA/GISS
"Top-down and bottom-up uses of satellite data in climate model development"

Spring 2022

Spring 2022 Coordinator: Prof. Amir Sagiv

Julian Chen, Applied Physics
"The fundamental understanding of quantum mechanics"
Dr. Oak Nelson, Plasma Physics (Paz-Soldan group)
"Gradient-limiting mechanisms in the edge of fusion machines"

No seminar

Huaiyu Li, Applied Mathematics (Weinstein group)
"Existence and Numerical Approximation of Discrete Breathers on 1-D Nonlinear Lattices"
Xiang Hua, Applied Physics (Herman group)
"Improving the Optical Quality of MoSe2 and WS2 Monolayers with Complete h-BN Encapsulation by High-Temperature Annealing"

Isabelle Bunge, Applied Mathematics (Sobel group)
"Convection and the Lindzen-Nigam Effect in the Tropical East Pacific"
Matthew Patrick, Materials Science & Engineering (Barmak Group)
"Grain Growth in Metallic Thin Films: Current Experimental Work"

Xiaoyan Huang, Applied Physics (Yu group)
"Meta-Holograms for OpticalTrapping of Cold Atoms"
Paulina Czarnecki, Applied Mathematics (Polvani and Pincus groups)
"Physically-Transparent Approaches to Integrating Radiative Fluxes"

Michael Carter, Materials Science & Engineering (Yu group)
"Flat-knit Fabric Metasurfaces"
Boyuan Zhang, Applied Physics (Venkataraman group)
"Short Molecular Insulator Based on Quantum Interference"

Kathy Li, Applied Mathematics (Wiggins group)
"Predictive models for menstrual cycle data"
Stephanie Malek, Materials Science & Engineering (Yu group)
"Resonant Wavefront-Shaping Meta-Optics"

4/1/22 (virtual)
Heqing Huang, Applied Physics (Yu group)
"Leakywave Metasurfaces for Integrated Photonics"

Edith Zhang, Applied Mathematics (Du/Blumberg groups)
“VI flow: an analytical view of variational inference” 
Patrick Orenstein, Applied Mathematics (Sobel, Camargo, Elsaesser groups)
"Evaluating Model Parameterizations of Moist Convection"

No seminar

Prof. Julian Chen, Applied Physics
"Physics of Human Voice Production, Experiments and Theory"
Luke Holtzman, Materials Science & Engineering (Barmak group)
"Synthesis, Characterization and Defect Computations of Transition Metal Dichalcogenides"

Fall 2021

Fall 2021 Coordinator: Prof. Lu Zhang

Latha Venkataraman, Applied Physics and Chemistry
Machine learning applied to single-molecule ciruits
Kyle Mandli, Applied Mathematics-Atmospheric Science
Accelerating Prediction of Coastal Flooding in a Changing Climate

Carlos Paz-Soldan, Applied Physics-Plasma Physics
"Fusion Plasma: Science and Control"
James Scott, Applied Mathematics
“Nonlocal Analysis in Continuum Mechanics and Beyond”

Adam Sobel, Applied Mathematics-Atmospheric Science
"Tropical intraseasonal oscillations"
Katayun Barmak, Materials Science & Engineering
"Towards a Theory of Grain Growth in Polycrystalline Materials"

Nanfang Yu, Applied Physics-Solid State Physics
"Flat Optics"
Yang Sun, Applied Physics
"Two-step nucleation of the Earth's inner core"

Yuan Yang, Materials Science & Engineering
"Materials Design and Characterization for Energy Storage"
Simon Billinge, Materials Science & Engineering
"Mapping nanostructure at the micro and nanoscale with the help of x-rays and applied math"

Alex Gaeta, Applied Physics-Solid State Physics
"Optical Frequency Combs on a Chip"
Oleg Gang, Chemical Engineering & Applied Physics
"Programming Assembly and Reconfiguration of Nanomaterial Systems"

Michael Tippet, Applied Mathematics-Atmospheric Science
"Predictability of a North American tornado environment index from tropical Pacific SST and the Arctic Oscillation"
Marc Spiegelman, Applied Mathematics-Atmospheric Science
"Integrating Computational Thermodynamics and Geodynamics"

Daniel Bienstock, IEOR and Applied Mathematics
"The complexity of solving algebraic optimization problems"
Michal Lipson, Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics
"Next Generation of Silicon Photonics"

Amir Sagiv, Applied Mathematics
"Uncertainties and Noise in Dynamical Systems"
Kui Ren, Applied Mathematics
"Coupling Machine Learning with Model-Based Inversion"

9:15-9:45 AM
Siu-Wai Chan, Materials Science & Engineering

11/26/21 - No seminar

Irving Herman, Applied Physics
"Herman’s Third Book and Isaac Asimov"
William Bailey, Materials Science & Engineering
"Magnetization dynamics at fast timescales and small dimensions"


Spring 2021

Note: All Spring 2021 Seminars will take place via Zoom
The Zoom link will be shared with APAM Department community the week before the seminar. If you are not a member of the APAM Department, please send an email to [email protected] if you would like to attend the seminar.

Spring 2021 Coordinator: Prof. Amir Sagiv

Huaiyu Li, Applied Mathematics (Weinstein Group)
"Coherent Structures in 1-D Dimer Chains"
Chris Dupuis, Applied Mathematics-Atmospheric Science (Abernathey Group)
"Optimal Iteration Patterns for Multidimensional Data and Functions"

Aaron Michelson, Materials Science & Engineering (Gang Group)
"DNA Origami Templated Material Synthesis"
Wenxuan Wang, Materials Science & Engineering (Chan Group)
"Size-dependent Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Nano Oxides"

Jessie Oehrlein, Applied Mathematics-Atmospheric Science (Polvani Group)
"Teaching Disciplinary Practices in Atmospheric Science and Discrete Mathematics"
Yevgeny Rakita, Materials Science & Engineering (Billinge Group)
"SNEM: Scaning Nano-structure Electron Microscopy

Ziyu Liu, Applied Physics/Physics (Pinczuk Group)
"Observation of flat bands in gated semiconductor artificial graphene"
Yang Sun, Applied Physics (Wentzcovitch Group)
"Ab initio calculation and crystal structure predictions of Fe-O phases under high pressures"

Songsheng Tao, Applied Physics (Billinge Group)
"The Pair Distribution Function Analysis of the Ni, Fe, Co Nanoparticles from High-throughput Synthesis"
Stephanie Malek, Materials Science & Engineering (Yu Group)
"Resonant Wavefront-Shaping Flat Optics."

2/26/2021 - No seminar

3/5/2021 - No seminar

Bok Young Kim, Applied Physics (Gaeta Group)
"Kerr Frequency Combs in Normal Group-Velocity Dispersion"
Cheng-Chia Tsai, Applied Physics (Yu Group)
"An Efficient Method for Obtaining the 3-dimensional Structure of Insect Wings Using Thermal Photography"

Philip Dinenis, Applied Mathematics (Bienstock/Mandli Groups)
"Optimization of Protective Measures against Coastal Flooding
Edith Zhang, Applied Mathematics (Du Group)
"Unveiling mode connectivity of an optimization landscape"

3/26/2021 - No seminar

Judah Ryoo, Applied Mathematics (Mandli Group)
"2D h-box methods/SRD"
Jared Ginsberg, Applied Physics (Gaeta Group)
Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics of 2D Materials

Tianwei Jin, Materials Science & Engineering (Yang Group)
"Bio-inspired Interfacial Designs for Structural Batteries with Enhanced Mechanical Properties"
Zeyu Hui, Materials Science & Engineering (West/Yang Groups)
"Understanding and Optimizing Transport of LIBs electrodes with Physics-based models"

Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Coordinator: Prof. Lu Zhang

Latha Venkataraman, Applied Physics
"Using Quantum Interference to Create Highly Non-Linear Devices"
Kyle Mandli, Applied Mathematics
"Numerical Methods for Predicting Coastal Flooding With Uncertainty"

I.C. Noyan, Materials Science and Engineering & Earth and Environmental Engineering
"Accuracy and Precision Limits for Diffraction Strain Measurements"
Allen Boozer, Applied Physics
“My Research: Magnetic Fusion and Magnetic Reconnection”

Siu-Wai Chan, Materials Science and Engineering & Earth and Environmental Engineering
Study on Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Crystallites
Michal Lipson, Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics
"Photonics - challenges and opportunities"

Yuan Yang, Materials Science and Engineering
"Material Design for Energy Storage and Thermal Management"
Marc Spiegelman, Applied Mathematics
"Integrating Computational Thermodynamics and Geodynamics"

Oleg Gang, Chemical Engineering, Applied Physics, and Material Science
"Nanoscale Lego"
John Wright, Electrical Engineering
"Nonconvex Optimization for Low-Dimensional Structure: Dictionaries, Deconvolution and Deep Networks"

Nanfang Yu, Applied Physics
"Flat Optics"
Alexander Gaeta, Applied Physics
"Optical Frequency Combs on a Chip"

Kui Ren, Applied Mathematics
"Computational optimal transport for inversion and learning"
Michael Tippett, Applied Mathematics
"Comparing El Niño-Southern Oscillation in forecasts and observations"


Amir Sagiv, Applied Mathematics
"Measurements with an Unknown Observation Function - a Kernel Approach"
Qiang Du, Applied Mathematics
"Informative and Intelligent Scientific Computing"

Michael Weinstein, Applied Mathematics
"Waves in 2D Materials; from PDEs to Topology"
Daniel Bienstock, Applied Mathematics
"What is polynomial optimization?"

Nongnuch Artrith, Chemical Engineering
"Modeling the Dynamics of Complex Energy Materials with Machine Learning"
Aron Pinczuk, Applied Physics & Physics
"Electron Fluids in Semiconductor Quantum Structures"

Michael Mauel, Applied Physics
"Instabilities of Magnetically Confined Plasma"
Simon Billinge, Materials Science & Engineering
"Nanostructure, and it's mapping