Events

Annual Meeting / Group 1 / Upcoming Events
June 11
Dates: June 11 - 13, 2024 The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) uses the Annual Technical Review to review the progress of the MSEE URA. This meeting also provides a forum for the government and corporate affiliates program (GCAP) and science advisory board (SAB) to view the MSEE research activities. Each MSEE principal investigator (PI) will present their technical progress and accomplishments followed by a short question/answer period. This meeting is open to DTRA, MSEE PIs and their graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and GCAP and SAB members. MSEE PIs (or a designated representative) are required to prepare and present a poster on each of their research tasks. Poster sessions will occur during the afternoon of days 1 and 2 of the Annual Technical Review. VENUE The Annual Technical Review will take place across the street from the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus at the Inn at The Colonnade, 4 W. University Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21218.   EVENT REGISTRATION The Annual Technical Review is a by-invitation-only event. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 31. EVENT REGISTRATION NETWORKING AND POSTER SESSION During this year’s ATR, we will host networking and poster sessions at the end of days 1 and 2. On day 1, there will be two networking sessions:
  1. A professional development networking session led by former Acting and Deputy Director of DTRA, Major General Randy Manner. This professional development session is only available to MSEE students and postdocs. Additional details can be found here. Professional Development Session Details
  2. A networking session open to all other ATR attendees with opportunities for breakout groups by Research Area and Focus area.
On day 2, we will host our poster session, combining all posters in to one session. A listing of the posters will be announced closer to the event. Poster Guidance      Poster Template Food and beverages will be provided at all networking and poster sessions. DINNER BANQUET A dinner banquet will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at the Inn at the Colonnade. If you plan to attend, please select the banquet option during your registration or contact Christopher Pottillo at [email protected]. Reservation deadline is Friday, May 31, 2024. AGENDA The agenda for this event is currently in progress. The latest draft of this agenda can be found here. EVENT LODGING Rooms have been reserved for this event at the Inn at The Colonnade at a group rate of $179.00 per night. The deadline to reserve rooms is Friday, May 17. Reservations can be made by clicking this link. TRAVEL ARRIVING BY TRAIN? The closest station is Baltimore’s Penn Station. If you opt to take a Uber, Lyft or taxi from Penn Station to the Homewood campus, the fee should be quite modest. The university is very close to the train station. ARRIVING BY AIR? The closest airport is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Directions to the hotel: Inn at The Colonnade Directions to JHU Homewood Campus: JHU Campus-Malone JHU Homewood Campus Maps GOVERNMENT ATTENDEES ONLY IF REQUIRED BY YOUR HOME ORGANIZATION  (primarily Government attendees) The suggested costs for the Annual Technical Review are $40 per Full day and $20 per Half day. These costs may be paid by credit card through Eventbrite, or by cash or check made out to "Johns Hopkins University" on-site. POINT OF CONTACT If you have a question or need to speak with a member of the HEMI team or one of our partners, please contact us at [email protected] or via phone at 410-516-7257. For questions about reservations or the banquet, please contact Christopher Pottillo.
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May 7, 2024
Group 1 / MSEE Seminars / Upcoming Events
3:00 pm

MSEE Seminar: Brian J. Jensen

Join us for a seminar with Brian J. Jensen of Washington State University, titled “Two Decades of Shock Wave Experiments on Cerium.”

The seminar will begin at 3:00 PM ET on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.

Please contact Sarah Preis for connection information.

Abstract: Our ability to understand the response of matter at extremes requires detailed knowledge of a materials’ multiphase properties including the location of phase boundaries, details of the phase transitions and their kinetics, and the equation-of-state of the various phases. Although there has been much success in relating the details of the shock-wave profile (shape and evolution) to the material response, traditional diagnostics are limited to interface measurements such as particle velocity and longitudinal stress which have difficulty when the processes and/or materials are heterogeneous. Developments in advanced light sources, X-ray detection methods, and optical radiance methods are all providing unique opportunities for ultrafast, high-resolution, spatially resolved measurements to examine materials during impact loading. An overview of the dynamic compression work on cerium will be presented that was conducted over the last two decades with a focus on more recent X-ray diffraction and optical radiance measurements that are providing invaluable insights into the microstructure and temperature during shock loading. The talk will include a brief discussion of our capabilities at the Institute for Shock Physics (WSU, Pullman WA) and the Dynamic Compression Sector (APS, Argonne IL) designed to probe material deformation dynamically across length scales.

Bio: Prof. Brian Jensen has more than 25 years of experience in the field of dynamic high pressure physics using powder and gas gun systems, explosives, and lasers to examine the dynamic response of condensed matter subjected to high pressures. He graduated from Knox College in 1997 with a B.A. in Physics and Classics, and later from Washington State University in 2003 with a doctorate in Physics. In 2004, he joined the Dynamic Experiments Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a technical staff member working in the Shock and Detonation Physics group where he spent nearly 20 years studying the response of matter at extreme conditions. During those years, he served in many roles included as the team leader for the historic Shock Physic team, the Los Alamos lead for the Dynamic Compression Sector, and as the High-Z Project Leader for actinide science in the Office of Experimental Science’s Dynamic Materials Properties Program. Central to his efforts has been the development of diagnostics and facilities dedicated to dynamic compression science including Los Alamos Laboratory’s new Dynamic Equation of State Facility (DEOS) that modernized and consolidated historic shock physics capabilities. He has served as the Chair of the APS topical group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter (GSCCM), as a member of the Los Alamos Laboratory Scientific Advisory Panel, elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and was awarded the Los Alamos Fellow’s Prize in 2022. In September of 2023, Dr. Jensen joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State University as Professor and became the next Director of the Institute for Shock Physics.

Flyer for Brian J. Jensen seminar (click image or link below to open)

MSEE Seminar: Brian J. Jensen flyer

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March 12, 2024
Group 1 / MSEE Seminars / Past Events
3:00 pm

MSEE Seminar: Dr. Tim Goorley

Join us for a seminar with Dr. Tim Goorley of Los Alamos National Laboratory, titled "Nuclear Weapons Options and Effects"

The seminar will begin at 3:00 PM ET on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

Please contact Sarah Preis for connection information.

Bio: Dr. Tim Goorley is the Chief Scientist for Nuclear Weapon Effects at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), a role which guides and directs technical analyses, modeling and simulation capability development, and training. Ultimately these efforts inform LANL senior leaders about mission effectiveness, survivability, and consequences of execution, and ‘The Art of the Possible’. For the past 23 years at LANL, Dr. Goorley has been applying his nuclear engineering expertise to various nuclear weapons detonation related diagnostics, weapons effects, and forensics related missions.

For seven of these years, Dr. Goorley has led groups of ~25 people in their successful support of nuclear weapons missions within the Weapons Physics Directorate at LANL. These missions include assessments of intrinsic radiation, modern and historic diagnostics, radiation shielding, nuclear forensics, criticality assessments, weapons effects, and the development of software used in these analyses. Dr. Goorley’s dissertation topic was the computational evaluation of a new form of brain tumor therapy based on the element Gadolinium and neutron or gamma radiation. For his 6 years as a graduate student, Tim was part of the Harvard/MIT Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) human clinical trials team, which used 10 Gy doses of mixed neutron and gamma radiation to investigate the potential therapy of advanced brain cancers. It is this expertise that he continues to leverage to understand the physical impacts that nuclear detonations have on people.

Flyer for Goorley seminar - click link below or click image for PDF

Tim Goorley MSEE Seminar Flyer

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February 15, 2024
Group 1 / MSEE Seminars
3:00 pm

MSEE/IIRM Joint Seminar: Prof. John McClory

Join us for a seminar with Prof. John McClory, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), titled "Nuclear Weapons Effects: Source, Transmission, Interaction, and Response."

The seminar will begin at 3:00 PM ET on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024.

Please contact Sarah Preis for connection information.

Bio: John McClory has been a Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) since 2008. He is the Director of the Nuclear Weapons Effects, Policy and Proliferation Graduate Certificate Program and Curriculum Chair of the Nuclear Engineering Program. He graduated from the Air Force Institute of Technology with a PhD. in nuclear engineering, Texas A&M University with an M.S. in physics, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in physics. Prior to joining the AFIT faculty, Dr. McClory was a US Army officer and served in various assignments in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East; including service during Operation Iraqi Freedom and as an assistant professor of physics at the United States Military Academy. Dr. McClory’s research interests include the effects of radiation on military equipment and electronics; nuclear forensics techniques, and nuclear weapon effects.

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November 7, 2023
Group 1 / MSEE Seminars
3:00 pm

MSEE Seminar: Prof. Ivan Oleynik

Join us for a seminar with Prof. Ivan Oleynik, University of South Florida, titled "Carbon at Extremes: Discovery Science with Exascale Computers and Experiment."

The seminar will begin at 3:00 PM ET on November 7, 2023.

Please contact Sarah Preis for connection information.

Bio: Ivan Oleynik is a professor at the Department of Physics, University of South Florida. His research focuses on studies of materials at extreme pressures and temperatures by advanced theory, simulations and experiment. He is also best known for design and prediction of properties of novel materials, and development of new methods for materials simulations at atomistic level. He leads several experimental teams to perform experiments at National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia’s Z pulsed power facility, Omega laser facility at Laboratory of Laser Energetics to realize groundbreaking predictions from his simulations. He also spearheads several computational campaigns at DOE’s exascale supercomputers, securing the largest computing allocations awarded by DOE’s ASCR Leadership Class Computing Challenge (ALCC) and the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) programs. Ivan also led a team of computational scientists that earned a 2021 Gordon Bell Prize finalist nomination for record-breaking billion-atom simulations of carbon at extreme conditions and experimental time and length scales. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, and the American Vacuum Society.

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October 3, 2023
Group 1 / Past Events / Workshops

DIMP/Simulants Workshop

Welcome to MSEE's DIMP/Simulants Workshop This workshop will be hosted by the Materials Science in Extreme Environments University Research Alliance (MSEE URA). It will focus on summarizing the state-of-the-art for understanding the defeat mechanism(s) of chemical warfare agent (CWA) simulants. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE DIMP/SIMULANTS WORKSHOP DATE October 3-5, 2023 LOCATION Johns Hopkins Homewood campus - Hodson Hall 310 Click here for a map of the workshop location. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Emphasis will be placed on the current understanding of DIMP, but the properties of other simulants will also be discussed. We will review the chemistry, thermal and chemical defeat mechanism(s), modeling and simulation of these materials, diagnostics techniques, and analysis of spectral data. In addition, we will highlight technical and non-technical challenges for working with these materials and discuss potential alternative simulants. This three-day workshop will include speakers from government, academia, and industry from the US, UK, and France. In addition, we will have a networking/poster session in which researchers (students, postdocs, and senior researchers) can highlight their work. Furthermore, we plan to have ample time for Q&A and discussion of a wide range of basic and applied research questions, including:
  • What intermediate reactive species and final products are formed as chemical agents/ simulants/ precursors are subjected to variable high temperatures and heating rates?
  • What are the thermal degradation conditions and reaction rates?
  • Are any intermediate products of the high‐T reactions, the final thermal‐decomposition products, final combustion‐reaction products, etc., harmful or toxic?
  • What is the impact of reactive metals? Do they enhance the defeat? Do they potentially chemically interact with agents and form hazardous products?
  • What information is missing?
  • What alternative simulants are of interest?
  • How far can we push reduction without compromising accuracy too much?
  • To what degree can we take advantage of AI/ML approaches?
The workshop will include sessions on:
  • General interest and motivation
  • General agent/simulant information
  • Experimental & Modeling Capabilities, Diagnostics, and Analysis
  • Decomposition of gas-phase simulants
  • Decomposition of condensed-phase simulants
Click here to see the full agenda. LODGING Rooms have been reserved for this workshop at the Inn at The Colonnade at a group rate of $159.00 per night, conveniently within walking distance from our Homewood campus. Book your reservation by clicking the link here or by phone at 410.235.5400 and using group code MS4. 
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MSEE Seminars encourage knowledge sharing on topics of broad interest and will be offered by experts from both within and outside the URA.

All seminars will be held from 3-4PM EST.

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Meetings arranged by the Research Area Leads and FA Coordinators to discuss matters pertaining to their specific research programs. Attendees include MSEE URA PIs, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

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This meeting allows DTRA to review the progress of the MSEE URA. The meeting is also open to the MSEE URA, GCAP, and SAB members.

Annual Meeting / Group 1 / Upcoming Events
June 11
Dates: June 11 - 13, 2024 The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) uses the Annual Technical Review to review the progress of the MSEE URA. This meeting also provides a forum for the government and corporate affiliates program (GCAP) and science advisory board (SAB) to view the MSEE research activities. Each MSEE principal investigator (PI) will present their technical progress and accomplishments followed by a short question/answer period. This meeting is open to DTRA, MSEE PIs and their graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and GCAP and SAB members. MSEE PIs (or a designated representative) are required to prepare and present a poster on each of their research tasks. Poster sessions will occur during the afternoon of days 1 and 2 of the Annual Technical Review. VENUE The Annual Technical Review will take place across the street from the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus at the Inn at The Colonnade, 4 W. University Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21218.   EVENT REGISTRATION The Annual Technical Review is a by-invitation-only event. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 31. EVENT REGISTRATION NETWORKING AND POSTER SESSION During this year’s ATR, we will host networking and poster sessions at the end of days 1 and 2. On day 1, there will be two networking sessions:
  1. A professional development networking session led by former Acting and Deputy Director of DTRA, Major General Randy Manner. This professional development session is only available to MSEE students and postdocs. Additional details can be found here. Professional Development Session Details
  2. A networking session open to all other ATR attendees with opportunities for breakout groups by Research Area and Focus area.
On day 2, we will host our poster session, combining all posters in to one session. A listing of the posters will be announced closer to the event. Poster Guidance      Poster Template Food and beverages will be provided at all networking and poster sessions. DINNER BANQUET A dinner banquet will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at the Inn at the Colonnade. If you plan to attend, please select the banquet option during your registration or contact Christopher Pottillo at [email protected]. Reservation deadline is Friday, May 31, 2024. AGENDA The agenda for this event is currently in progress. The latest draft of this agenda can be found here. EVENT LODGING Rooms have been reserved for this event at the Inn at The Colonnade at a group rate of $179.00 per night. The deadline to reserve rooms is Friday, May 17. Reservations can be made by clicking this link. TRAVEL ARRIVING BY TRAIN? The closest station is Baltimore’s Penn Station. If you opt to take a Uber, Lyft or taxi from Penn Station to the Homewood campus, the fee should be quite modest. The university is very close to the train station. ARRIVING BY AIR? The closest airport is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Directions to the hotel: Inn at The Colonnade Directions to JHU Homewood Campus: JHU Campus-Malone JHU Homewood Campus Maps GOVERNMENT ATTENDEES ONLY IF REQUIRED BY YOUR HOME ORGANIZATION  (primarily Government attendees) The suggested costs for the Annual Technical Review are $40 per Full day and $20 per Half day. These costs may be paid by credit card through Eventbrite, or by cash or check made out to "Johns Hopkins University" on-site. POINT OF CONTACT If you have a question or need to speak with a member of the HEMI team or one of our partners, please contact us at [email protected] or via phone at 410-516-7257. For questions about reservations or the banquet, please contact Christopher Pottillo.
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These meetings allow for collaboration between the MSEE URA and GCAP members. Attendees include MSEE URA PIs and DTRA representatives, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and GCAP members.

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Held quarterly, meetings of the Technical Management group to discuss items of importance to the MSEE URA.

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Workshops will be arranged by the MSEE URA to encourage knowledge building and sharing from experts both within and outside of the URA. These events can last from one day to multiple days.

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Short courses will be arranged by the MSEE URA to encourage knowledge sharing from experts outside of the URA. These events can last from one day to multiple days.

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WFD activities will be created to engage, encourage, and aid MSEE URA students and postdoctoral fellows with professional development.

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Focused talks on research topics of interest to specific MSEE URA focus areas.

September 5, 2023
Group 1 / MSEE Colloquium / Upcoming Events

2023 MSEE Student Symposium and UQ Short Course

Welcome to the second annual MSEE Student Symposium! The MSEE Student Symposium is an annual event organized by and designed for graduate students and postdocs in the MSEE program. This symposium will be an opportunity for students to gain exposure to research across research areas and the university and national lab partners. This event will occur on the Eglin Air Force Base to allow students to network with DoD laboratory personnel and gain a better understanding of the opportunities and logistics of working at a DoD lab. This symposium is an opportunity for students to learn about research across MSEE's four research areas, gain exposure to a DoD laboratory setting, and interact with DoD laboratory researchers and partners. The two-day event will occur on the Eglin Air Force Base and consist of technical talks given by MSEE students and postdocs, keynote presentations from Eglin researchers, remarks from our DTRA Technical Point of Contacts, and various lab tours of interest. The Student Symposium is designed to provide an environment where MSEE graduate students and postdocs can showcase their work and collaborate in an environment of their peers. As such, PIs are not invited. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE 2023 MSEE STUDENT SYMPOSIUM DATE September 5-6, 2023 LOCATION Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542 LODGING Additional details coming soon Uncertainty Quantification Short Course Attendees are also invited to participate in the Uncertainty Quantification Short Course. Please see the flyer below for details. DATE September 7-8, 2023 LOCATION Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542 MSEE 2023 student symposium flyer Uncertainty Quantification Short Course flyer
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September 15, 2022
Group 1 / MSEE Colloquium / Past Events
9:00 am / 5:00 pm

MSEE Student Symposium

Welcome to the first annual MSEE Student Symposium The Symposium is being organized by graduate students and designed for graduate students and post docs in the MSEE program.  With the Student Symposium, PI’s are not being invited so as to allow graduate students to showcase their work and collaborate with one another in an environment of their peers.  This symposium will be an opportunity for students to gain exposure to research across research areas and the university and national lab partners. This event will be hosted in Livermore to allow students to network with national laboratory personnel and gain a better understanding of the opportunities and logistics of working at a national lab. The Symposium is being broken down into two days: Day 1: Garre Vineyard & Winery The Symposium will be kicked off with keynote speakers from DTRA and LLNL with an overview of the MSEE program and on MSEE’s impact on DTRA’s overall mission.  The remainder of the day will consist of student oral and poster presentations. Day 2: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Lab Tours Students and post docs across RAs will be given tours of facilities and labs at LLNL of labs that closely resemble their current research at MSEE. LODGING A group rate of $150/night has been reserved with the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in Livermore (https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/hawthorn-extended-stay/livermore-california/hawthorn-suites-by-wyndham-livermore-wine-country/overview). To take advantage of the group rate you need to call reservations at 800-337-0202 and mention MSEE URA. The conference rate for hotels ends August 20.
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March 19, 2021
Group 1 / MSEE Colloquium / Past Events
All Day

MSEE Colloquium: Dr. Jennifer Gottfried

Focused talks on research topics of interest to specific MSEE URA focus areas.
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March 5, 2021
Group 1 / MSEE Colloquium / Past Events
All Day

MSEE Colloquium: Dr. Simon Bland

Focused talks on research topics of interest to specific MSEE URA focus areas.
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