Free ticketed event
This hands on workshop 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. The workshop instructors use these simulation tools in undergraduate materials
science and engineering classes the University of California, Davis, Purdue University, and Boise State University. The activities cover crystal structures using Ovito, bonding and chemical reactions using DFT, and visualizations of mechanical properties of materials (including dislocation movement, crack propagation, phase transformations and tensile testing) using a LAMMPS-based Molecular Dynamics simulation.
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. Lan Li
Dr. Lan (Samantha) Li is an assistant professor at Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSMSE), Boise State University in Idaho. She has expertise in computational modeling techniques. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students different computational modeling methods, such as density functional theory, phase field, and finite element, and outreaches to K-12 kids to promote the field and STEM education. Dr. Li assists MSMSE in integrating computational modeling training into MSE undergraduate core curriculum.
Address: Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725-2090; Phone: (208) 426-5669; Email: email@example.com
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.