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Gurjyot Sing Sethi Won the 1st Place in the Annual CMU Energy Week Poster and Multimedia Competition

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 17 April 2018

The CMU Energy Week Poster and Multimedia Competition is a unique opportunity to showcase your energy-related research and other activities, such as software, videos, art, models or sculptures. Participants will be able to submit either Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related or Non-STEM related work. 

The competition was open to Carnegie Mellon undergraduate, master's and PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. 

Gurjyot Sing Sethi won the 1st place in this competition with his poster titled "Identifying the prospects of Electrochemical Ammonia Synthesis using First-Principles Calculations."

He was awarded $1,000.

Gurjyot Sing Sethi is a graduate student in Venkat Viswanathan's group.

Venkat Viswanathan Quoted About Lithium-Air Batteries in Chemistry World

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 17 April 2018

Chemistry World quoted Venkat Viswanathan on the cycle life of lithium-air batteries. These batteries hold a charge greater by a factor of nine compared to lithium-ion. In interpreting the batteries’ cycle life, Viswanathan expresses a distanced view. A traditional lithium-ion battery’s life is measured by its electrical discharge. In a lithium-air battery, discharge from the reaction of lithium and oxygen determines cycle life. But because air comprises more elements than just oxygen, Viswanathan wonders how many side reactions in the electricity delivery artificially boost the cycle life. Mitigating these side reactions should pave the way to developing long-lasting lithium-air batteries.

University of Pittsburgh Names New Dean for Swanson School of Engineering

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 21 March 2018

James R. Martin II, the Bob Benmosche Professor and Chair of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University, has been named dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, Pitt Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia E. Beeson announced today. He will begin his deanship on August 15.

The 62nd International Conference: Electron, ion and photon beam technology and nanofabrication

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 16 January 2018

The EIPBN Conference is dedicated to lithographic patterning science, nanomanufacturing process technology, and the applications these methods enable. For 61 years and 62 meetings, the conference has brought together engineers and scientists from industries and universities from all over the world to report on and discuss recent progress and future trends.

The conference will be held on May 29, 2018 at Puerto Rico (Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa)

International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing (QCMC)

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 8 January 2018

The International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing (QCMC) was established in 1990 to encourage and bring together scientists and engineers working in the interdisciplinary field of quantum information science and technology.

To date, thirteen such meetings have been held and the fourteenth is being organized by Quantum Science and Technologies Group (QST)Louisiana State University on March 12-16, 2018. QST group conducts research on atomic, molecular, and optical physics, the foundations of quantum mechanics, photonic band gap and meta materials, quantum information theory, quantum complexity theory, quantum error correction, quantum optics, optical quantum computing, quantum sensors, quantum imaging, and relativistic quantum information theory. It collaborates with a number of university and industrial research groups around the world, and we receive financial support for our research from a number of sources.

Southwest Quantum Information and Technology

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 8 January 2018

SQuInT is a consortium of universities, national labs, and industrial labs, with concentration in the southwestern United States. The SQuInT meeting has a strong tradition of mixing invited talks from world-class leading researchers with talks by junior researchers across the SQuInT network, to promote an interactive environment. The meeting brings together the broad community of researchers in Quantum Information Science, including experimental physicists, theorists, and computer scientists.

The 20th Annual SQuInT Workshop is being organized by the Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC). The CQuIC is a research center co-located at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the University of Arizona in Tucson. Research at CQuIC is focused on on quantum information and computation, quantum control and measurement, quantum metrology, and quantum optics and communication, and they have extensive theoretical and experimental research programs in all these areas

    Workshop on 2D Quantum Metamaterials

    • By Leena Aggarwal
    • 8 January 2018

    The workshop on 2D Quantum Metamaterials is dedicated to the commonalities between fabrication, theoretical prediction, and alternative approaches to tunable quantum materials, including cold-atom realizations. Theoretical efforts served by this new simulation platform include Hubbard model systems, design of 2D materials, and other exotic materials.

    The workshop will be organized around:

    1. all-invited talks by leading researchers

    2. breakout sessions for discussions and future plan

    3. published Workshop Summary Report


    Quantum Leaps

    • By Leena Aggarwal
    • 8 January 2018

    Quantum is an open-access peer-reviewed journal for quantum science and related fields. Quantum is launching a pilot outreach project, Quantum Leaps, where scientists write a rigorous and accessible popular science version of a research paper, which are then reviewed by school students, under the supervision of a researcher. The goals of this project are three-fold:

    1. Teach the process of peer review to school students by direct experience;

    2. Get students interested in the science of quantum computing and information; and

    3. Provide a venue for researchers to showcase effective science communication in quantum sciences.

    After peer review, the best articles will be published in Quantum Views, and the reviewers will be invited to give a talk about the experience. This project is inspired by Frontiers for Young Minds, which implements the same idea in fields such as biology, psychology and space science. Quantum Leaps is coordinated by Chris Ferrie and Lídia del Rio.

    Quantum Decision Theory Workshop 2018

    • By Leena Aggarwal
    • 20 December 2017

    The goal of this two-day workshop is to bring together decision/game theorists and physicists to find a common language in discussing uncertainty. It is organized by the Game Theory Group of the University of Pécs. There will be dominantly invited talks by quantum information scientists and game theorists. Contributed posters are welcome.​

    Registration deadline: Friday, December 22, 2017
    Submission deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017

    Secure Quantum Communications School

    • By Leena Aggarwal
    • 14 December 2017

    The 1st "Secure Quantum Communications (SQC)" School is funded and organised by the European Innovative Training Network "Quantum Communications for All (QCall)". QCALL is a European Innovative Training Network that endeavours to take the next necessary steps to bring the developing quantum technologies closer to the doorsteps of end users. QCALL empowers a nucleus of 15 doctoral researchers in this area to provide secure communications in the European continent and, in the long run, to its connections worldwide. QCALL offers research work packages and training activities in the form of Schools and Workshops.