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Commercialization GAP Fund (CGF) program

The CGF program run by the Office of Research (OR) through its unit, the Office of Commercialization (OC) in partnership with Washington Research Foundation (WRF), provides financial assistance to advance technologies into the marketplace.

Come join us to learn about a funding opportunity to help fill the “gap” between your research and the last steps towards commercialization.

Microsoft’s Rick Bakken on Microsoft Cloud Service

Meet Rick Bakken, Senior Director of Data Evangelism at Microsoft Cloud and Infrastructure Operations! Learn more about the operations of one of the best physical networks on the planet!

Microsoft Cloud and Infrastructure Operations

MCIO is a Microsoft business unit responsible for designing, building and operating Microsoft unified global datacenters; managing demand planning and capacity utilization of the unified infrastructure; and for all the operations needed to run one of the physical networks on planet.

Rick Bakken

Rick Bakken is responsible for leading the evangelism of Microsoft’s datacenter infrastructure strategies and best practices in engagements with some of the company’s largest customers and partners aside global sales and marketing teams. His role is to work directly with the Microsoft technical & account teams providing expert services with customers and partners in exposing MCIO capabilities as a definitive Hyper Scale infrastructure authority.

As a professional speaker and eight-time winner of the Microsoft Executive Briefing Center Distinguished Speaker of the Year Award, he maintains exemplary presentation and communication skills required to assimilate concepts from various sources to disseminate strategic findings and recommendations to key senior decision makers. He delivers executive briefings (MS-EBC), CXO events, datacenter tours and direct to customer engagements. A veteran of the IT industry Rick has managed IT operations, sales and marketing, business development, procurement, global strategies, product development, technical support, manufacturing and supply chain. A 25-year veteran with Microsoft, he holds a BS in International Management from Muskingum University and is a member of the International Coaches Federation (ICF) and is a practicing executive speaker, mentor, musician, trainer and coach

Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Graduate Seminar Series

The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, the Department of Chemistry and the Center for Institutional Research Computing (CIRC) are co-hosting a seminar presented by Dr. Jim Pfaendtner, Jagjeet and Janice Bindra Endowed Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington on Monday, April 9, at 4:10pm in SPARK 227/FLOYD 256 (Tri-Cities), with refreshments served at 3:30pm.

Jim Pfaendtner is the Bindra Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (Georgia Tech, 2001) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering (Northwestern University, 2007). Additional appointments include Senior Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Lab and a Senior Data Science Fellow at the UW eScience Institute. Jim’s research focus is computational molecular science and his recent teaching interests are in the area of teaching data science skills to grad students in chemical and materials science and engineering. Jim is a recipient of an NSF CAREER the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award. Jim is currently the director of an NSF graduate training program (NRT) at the intersection of data science and clean energy.

Using Computer Simulations to Understand and Control Chemical and Biochemical Reactions at Extreme Conditions

Complex reacting systems are ubiquitous in the natural and engineered world. In this talk I will primarily focus on our recent goals of creating and using complex reaction networks to support the development of fast pyrolysis and combustion processes. The use of fast pyrolysis is attractive due to the huge range of potential products that can be produced – which is also the Achilles heel of the approach (i.e., selectivity and yield of desired compounds). Complicating this situation is the fact that biomass pyrolysis is multiphase and, at the industrial scale, can be severely heat and mass transfer limited. This compounds challenges in our ability to design and optimize new processes.

The first part of the talk will show how we are using tools of data science (data visualization and machine learning) to study lignin pyrolysis. I will demonstrate with a simple coupled transport / kinetics model the issues facing scale up and design of pyrolysis processes. Following that a detailed kinetic model of lignin pyrolysis that predicts measureable behavior across a wide range of species and conditions will be introduced. Finally, the use of machine learning and neural networks for obtaining a four order of magnitude increase in speed for kinetic models will be shown. The remainder of the talk will be spent discussing how we are using molecular dynamics simulations to discover new complex chemical reactions at extreme conditions (pyrolysis and combustion) – addressing the challenge of how to study complex reacting systems when we don’t have chemical intuition. Finally, I will briefly discuss this research in the context of the broader emerging area of “Chemical Engineering Data Science”.

Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Graduate Seminar Series

The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering is hosting a seminar presented by Gyeong Hwang, Paul D. and Betty Meek & American Petrofina Foundation Centennial Professor, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, April 2, at 4:10 p.m. in ADBF 1002/FLOYD 256 (Tri-Cities).

Dr. Hwang is the Paul D. and Betty Robertson Meek and American Petrofina Foundation Centennial Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin).  He received his BS (1991) and MS (1993) from Seoul National University, Korea, and his PhD (1999, with MS in Applied Physics) from California Institute of Technology (Caltech), all in Chemical Engineering. He also carried out post-doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (1999) and Caltech (2000-2001). Since joining UT-Austin as an Assistant Professor in 2001, Dr. Hwang has developed his research program in computational materials and chemical science. He has been involved in many top-notch research projects concerning the electrochemical properties and performance of nanomaterials and molecular systems for energy, electronics and environment. Dr. Hwang has published more than 180 articles in high-impact journals. He has given more than 130 presentations as an invited speaker, including plenary and keynote addresses at international conferences. His professional career has been recognized with multiple prestigious awards and honors, including KSEA Engineer of the Year Award, NSF CAREER Award, and ECS F.M. Becket Memorial Award.

Accelerating Materials Discovery and Design through Computation

The discovery and design of new materials has long played a key role in enabling technological advances across a wide range of industries. Over recent years, a variety of nanomaterials have been synthesized and tested as promising catalysts especially for clean and renewable energy applications. However, in many cases, little is known about their properties and performance, despite the criticality of such a fundamental understanding for the accelerated development of new catalytic materials. Experiments may provide many clues to the behavior of those materials, but the interpretations are often controversial due largely to the difficulty of direct characterization. Under such circumstances, computational approaches have emerged as powerful alternatives to the design and understanding of new materials and processes. This talk will focus on introducing our ongoing efforts in first-principles modeling of nanomaterials for catalysis.  In the first part of my talk, I will present recent progress in our collaborative theoretical and experimental efforts to explore photocatalysts with the requisite band gaps, stability, costs, and abundance for solar-powered hydrogen production. In particular, this talk will highlight the effects of crystal structure and doping on the photocatalytic performance of BiVO4 that has recently garnered considerable attention due to its high photocatalytic activity for water splitting and pollutant decomposition. In the second part, I will discuss design strategies to improve the performance of carbon nanomaterials for use as oxygen reduction reaction catalysts in fuel cells and gold-based bimetallic catalysts for the direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide.

Evening For Women In Stem

Keynote Speaker: Associate Technical Fellow at Boeing and previous NASA employee panel discussion featuring women from UW Bothell, Geosyntec, Everett Community College, Seattle Children’s Hospital, FAA and Aviation Technical Service.

  • Open to WSU Everett, Edmonds Community College and Everett Community College students
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Parking is free to all attendees
  • Catering by Lombardi’s (free to attendees)

RSVP by April 12th https://everett.wsu.edu/event/women-in-stem/

Questions? Contact Dr. Ciera Graham
cagraham@wsu.edu

Boeing Day at WSU

LEARN MORE ABOUT BOEING
Boeing Internship Information Session: 4:35 to 6:00pm in Todd 133

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems.

We will be hosting an information session for students interested in learning about our Summer 2019 internship program. This session is open to all majors as we have internships available in Business, Engineering, IT and Data Sciences, and Facilities.

Internships are for 10-12 weeks during the summer, they are paid and open to students graduating after August 2019. Food will be provided

Boeing Drop-In Office Hours 9:00am – 11:00am in the Carson Center

Interested in learning more about The Boeing Company? A few of our company representatives will be available for drop-in hours at the Carson Center for general questions. Please feel free to stop by and learn more about our internship program and our company!

Boeing Forums

Forum 1: 12:15 – 2:15 pm in Todd 121 Forum 2: 4:15 – 5:30pm in CUE 319

Boeing employees will be hosting two forums focused on resume writing and interview coaching. These sessions will feature 30 minutes of content and then leave additional time for questions, resume critiques, and an opportunity for one-on-one coaching

Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Graduate Seminar Series

The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering is hosting a seminar presented by Dr. Zhaokang Cheng, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Washington State University, Mar. 5, at 4:10 p.m. in ADBF 1002/FLOYD 256 (Tri-Cities).

Zhaokang (ZK) received his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Nankai University, where his research focus was on promoting the efficacy of stem cell-based therapies in heart dis-ease. After that he moved to the United States and performed research with Dr. Mark A. Sussman at San Diego State University, and Dr. Joan M. Taylor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an American Heart Association postdoctoral fellow. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Washington State University College of Pharmacy. His main research interests are to understand how heart cells respond to stress and what approaches can be taken to protect these cells.

Regulation of cell death and survival in the heart

Heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, is frequently characterized by death of cardiac myocytes due to apoptosis and/or necrosis. Adult mammalian cardiac myocytes are highly differentiated cells with very limited self-renewal capacity, rendering the injured heart unable to repopulate with sufficient replacement myocytes. Understanding the mechanisms underlying cardiac cell death will allow the development of novel therapeutic strategies to counteract cell loss following myocardial injury and should greatly improve morbidity and mortality. Ongoing research in the Cheng laboratory is focused on identifying novel regulators of cardiomyocyte death using biochemical, molecular, cellular, genetic, physiological, and histological approaches, with an ultimate goal of developing preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for heart disease including heart attack, reperfusion injury, and anti-cancer drug-related cardiotoxicity.

To determine essential cellular signaling networks in calcium overload-induced necrosis, we carried out a high-throughput genome-wide RNAi screen in human muscle cells. Our screen uncovered a critical role of the cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) pathway in the regulation of necrosis. Further mechanistic studies in primary cardiomyocytes revealed that activation of the p38 MAPK stress signaling mediates calcium overload-induced necrosis downstream of PKA.

With the rapid increase of cancer survivors due to improved diagnosis and therapy in the past decades, cancer treatment-related cardiotoxicity is becoming an urgent concern for modern society. The anti-cancer drug doxorubicin (DOX), one of the most effective chemotherapeutic agents to date, is known to cause cardiomyopathy through induction of cardiomyocyte apoptosis. We previously showed that the cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) inhibitor p21 promoted resistance against DOX-induced apoptosis. Here, we identified CDK2 as a key determinant of DOX-induced apoptosis in cardiomyocytes. Activation of CDK2 is necessary for DOX-induced Bim expression and mitochondrial damage. Our results indicate that pharmacological inhibition of CDK2 may be an effective cardioprotective strategy against DOX-induced cardiotoxicity.