Free ticketed event
Bring a laptop computer to participate in this hands-on workshop that will give you practice using nanoHUB’s free online simulation tools to create both atomic visualizations and numerical output that help students understand important materials science concepts. These simulation activities are used in undergraduate materials science and engineering classes at the University of California, Davis, Purdue University, and in a high school materials science summer camp at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
The activities cover crystal structures using Ovito, visualizations of mechanical properties of materials (including dislocation movement, crack propagation, phase transformations and tensile testing) using a LAMMPS-based Molecular Dynamics simulation, and visualization of how stress concentrations depend on crack geometries, using OOF2 to perform finite element analysis of materials. The OOF 2 activity is appropriate for both high school and undergraduate students, and has primarily been used in a high school engineering outreach camp called Girls Learning about Materials (GLAM) to teach students about fracture properties of materials.
Participants can use these activities to focus on materials concepts, with no need to touch upon computation in detail, or use the activities as a way to introduce computational techniques that are becoming increasingly important for Materials Engineers.
You will be given ready-to-use activities and individualized help in adapting or creating new lesson
material for your own courses, as well as post-workshop support. A gentle introduction to the simulation
methods underlying each of the tools will be presented.
Please bring a wifi-enabled laptop computer and create a free nanohub.org account in advance of the workshop.
Dr. Susan P. Gentry
Dr. Susan P. Gentry is a Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment in the Materials Science and Engineering department at the University of California, Davis. In her current position at UC Davis, she is integrating computational modules into the undergraduate and graduate materials curriculum. She is specifically interested in students’ computational literacy and life-long learning of computational materials science tools.
Dr. Tanya Faltens
Tanya Faltens is the Educational Content Creation Manager for the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) which created the open access nanoHUB.org cyber-platform. Her technical background is in Materials Science and Engineering (Ph.D. UCLA 2002), and she has several years’ experience in hands-on informal science education, including working at the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. While at Cal Poly Pomona she introduced nanoHUB simulation tools into the undergraduate curriculum in materials science and engineering and electrical engineering courses.
Dr. Nicole Johnson-Glauch
Nicole received her B.S. in Engineering Physics at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in May 2013. She is currently working towards a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) under Professor Angus Rockett and Geoffrey Herman. Her research is a mixture between understanding defect behavior in solar cells and student learning in Materials Science. Outside of research she helps plan the Girls Learning About Materials (GLAM) summer camp for high school girls at UIUC.