Spring 2018

Individual Awards

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 21 February 2018

The Society of Women Engineers strives to advance and honor the contributions of women at all stages of their careers as well as recognize the successes of SWE members and individuals who enhance the engineering profession through contributions to industry, education and the community. 

The SWE will present 19 Individual Awards. Recipients will be presented at the WE18 - SWE’s Annual Conference for women engineers in Minneapolis, MN, October 18-20, 2018.​

Yale Quantum Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 21 February 2018

Yale Quantum Institute invites applicants for the YQI postdoctoral fellowships. These Fellowships will support research in the field of quantum science for recent Ph.D. recipients in the group of any of the YQI faculty members. Candidates should have demonstrated excellent research ability in their prior work and exceptional promise for future leadership in their field of interest. Each candidate should indicate clearly which research group (or in special cases, groups) they intend to work with.

The Yale Quantum Institute (YQI), founded in 2014, serves as a forum to bring together experimental and theoretical researchers at Yale in the field of quantum information physics, quantum optics and nanophotonics, optomechanics, mesoscopic physics, quantum control, quantum measurement, and quantum many-body physics. It provides a synergistic and collaborative setting for Yale’s cutting edge research in these fields.

Venkat Viswanathan Sloan Research Fellows of 2018

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 21 February 2018

Venkat Viswanathan is one the winners of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships. 

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation rewards 126 early-career scholars who represent the most promising scientific researchers working today. Sloan Foundation describes their achievements and potential as among the next generation of scientific leaders in the U.S. and Canada. 

Congratulations Venkat Viswanathan!

Building Smarter Windows

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 21 February 2018

Paul Leu and his student Sajad Haghanifar, a PhD candidate, developed a new type of glass 1,000 times thinner than a human hair which could potentially used as solar panels for smart windows.

While the solar energy industry is expanding — at an average annual rate of 68 percent from 2006 to 2016, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association — solar panels and solar cells still have an efficiency issue.

Paul Leu said, " Any light that is not being absorbed by your solar cell is decreasing the efficiency of your solar panel," and added “Anything you can do to increase your efficiency is good.”

Leu said that the new glass they developed has advantagous of scattering light energy at different angles, giving the light that does bounce off a better chance to be trapped and converted into useable energy

He added, “With these nanostructures, you can get the reflection rate close to zero.” 

Coherent quantum critical dynamics in a driven Bose-Einstein condensate

Speaker(s): 
Cheng Chin
Dates: 
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:45pm to 5:00pm

Quantum phase transitions are transitions between distinct many-body ground states, and are of extensive interest in research ranging from condensed matter physics to cosmology. Key features of the phase transitions include a stage with rapidly growing new order, called inflation in cosmology, followed by the formation of topological defects. Based on Bose-Einstein condensates of cesium atoms in a shaken lattices [1], we report the observation of universal scaling of quantum critical dynamics [2], and inflationary dynamics across a quantum phase transition [3]. In particular, the inflation...

Electron Transfer without Overcoming a Barrier

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 14 February 2018

In the recently accepted paper in Physical Review Letter, Hrvoje Petek and his colleagues investigate the coherent electron transfer from an interface state that forms upon chemisorption of Ag nanoclusters onto graphite to a σ symmetry interlayer band of graphite. Interfacial charge transfer is a fundamental process in heterogeneous and plasmonically enhanced catalysis.

Student Coffee Hour

Speaker(s): 
Multiple Speakers
Dates: 
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

PQI is holding a coffee hour for our student and postdoc members. Our veteran poster award winners will talk about tricks and ways to prepare an award winner poster. Light refreshments will be served. If you want to be the next poster award winner at PQI2018 come and join us!

Women in Data Science Conference

Speaker(s): 
Multiple Speakers
Dates: 
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 8:00am to 6:00pm

Women in Data Science (WiDS) is an international conference primarily located in Stanford, CA with 80+ satellite conferences across every continent except Antarctica. In 2017, over 75,000 people attended the conference in person and via the livestream and Facebook Live. The purpose of WiDS is to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and support women in the field; the conference features exclusively female speakers from academia and industry.

Speakers include Marlene Behrmann, Maria Mori Brooks, Amelia Haviland, Kathryn Roeder, and Manuela Veloso.

Air Force 2030 Initiative

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 14 February 2018

On behalf of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) began a review of the US Air Force science and technology strategy to maintain its technological advantage and meet the national security challenges of 2030 and beyond. To support this effort, AFOSR, the basic research directorate of AFRL, is reaching out to its community across the US to capture a diversity of ideas.

Submit your idea here!

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