Events

Group 1 / MSEE Seminars
3:00 pm / 4:00 pm
December 6

Join us for a seminar with Dr. C. Michael Lindsay, University of Akron, titled "The Discovery, Development, and
Transition of Energetic Materials into Munitions".

The seminar will begin at 3:00 PM ET on December 6, 2022.

Please contact Veronica Turner for connection information.

Bio: Dr. C. Michael Lindsay is the Technical Advisor of the Energetic Materials Branch, Ordnance
Division, Munitions Directorate, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base,
FL. In this position, he leads the overall technical program of approximately 60 scientists,
engineers, and technicians conducting in-house research to develop energetic materials for
air delivered weapons applications.

Dr. Lindsay received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Akron in 1996 and
a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 2002. After graduation he
became a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. He joined the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin AFB in 2005 as an NRC
postdoctoral Research Associate and then as a civil servant in 2006. His research interests
lie in the development and application of novel physical chemistry methodologies towards
the synthesis and investigation of energetic materials.

Dr. Lindsay has authored over 75 peer-reviewed journals, proceedings, and government and
has numerous technology transitions. He is an internationally recognized scientist/engineer on
many matters and is well known as being a dynamic and passionate speaker and educator.
Dr. Lindsay is an AFRL Fellow (2020), was the 2008 U.S. Air Force Nominee for the Arthur
Flemming Award for Excellence in Basic Research, the 2009-2010 Distinguished Visiting Professor
of Chemistry at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a 2013 Frontiers of Engineering Scholar for the
National Academy of Engineering.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 2002-2005, Postdoctoral Research Asst. & Lecturer, Dept. of Chemistry, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
2. 2005-2006, NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Energetic Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL.
3. 2006-2009, Research Chemist/NRC Advisor, Energetic Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL.
4. 2009-2010, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Chemistry, Dept. of Chemistry, United States Air Force Academy, CO.
5. 2010-2011, Team Lead/Research Chemist, Energetic Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL.
6. 2011-2012, Senior Research Chemist/Team Lead, Energetic Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL.
7. 2012-2013, Asst. to the Chief Scientist, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, (AFRL/RW), Eglin AFB, FL
8. 2013-2018, Technical Advisor/Senior Chemist, Energetic Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL.
9. 2019-present, Technical Advisor /Principal Chemist, Energetic Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL.

SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS
Sugarman Award, Teaching & Research Excellence, University of Chicago (1997, 2002)
NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, National Research Council (2005)
Science & Engineering Award, (Exploratory Development Team), United States Air Force (2006)
Distinguished Visiting Professorship, United States Air Force Academy (2009)
Arthur S. Flemming Award (Basic Science), United States Air Force (2010)
Frontiers of Engineering Scholar, National Academy of Engineer (2013)
Volunteer Excellence Award, United States Air Force (2014)
Publication of the Year, AFRL Munitions Directorate (2010, 2012, 2013, 2020)
Fellow of the Air Force Research Laboratory (2020)

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November 9, 2022
Group 3 / Short Courses / Workforce Development Activities
3:00 pm / 5:00 pm

2023 IDA SUMMER ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

2023 IDA SUMMER ASSOCIATE PROGRAM Please join us on Wednesday, November 9th at 3pm ET as we bring in speakers from The Institute for Defense Analyses’ (IDA) to host an informational and Q&A session on IDA’s 2023 Summer Associate Program. https://wse.zoom.us/j/99886921017 Overview of the Associate Program The IDA Summer Associates Program provides students with a unique opportunity to use their quantitative and analytic skills to work on challenging real-world national security issues. Each year, IDA hires and pays students at its Virginia and Washington, DC, facilities to work for approximately 10-12 weeks during the summer months. This opportunity is open to both undergraduate (rising seniors) and graduate students with strong GPAs (3.3 or above) in a variety of disciplines including computer science, information technology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, operations research, aero/astronautical engineering, mechanical or electrical engineering, as well as materials science, international relations, policy studies, social and behavioral sciences, statistics, finance, and economics. These internships are for continuing students, so applicants must have plans to return to school in the fall. To learn more about this opportunity, please click here: https://www.ida.org/careers/students-and-recent-graduates/internships-and-fellowships/summer-associates IDA Staff at a Glance The Institute for Defense Analyses is a not-for-profit corporation that operates Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). Two of these FFRDCs are accepting Summer Associates. Staff at the IDA Systems and Analyses Center (SAC) provide objective analyses of national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise, and conduct related research on other national challenges. The Systems and Analyses Center, located in Alexandria, Virginia, is comprised of eight research divisions:
• Cost Analysis and Research Division • Information Technology and Systems Division
• Intelligence Analyses Division • Joint Advanced Warfighting Division
• Operational Evaluation Division • System Evaluation Division
• Science and Technology Division • Strategy, Forces and Resources Division
Staff at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), located in Washington, DC, assist the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other executive branch agencies in formulating federal S&T policy by providing high-quality, objective, analytical support to inform policymakers.  
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November 1, 2022
Group 1 / MSEE Seminars
3:00 pm / 4:00 pm

MSEE Seminar: Dr. Sam Vinko, University of Oxford

Join us for a seminar with Dr. Sam Vinko, University of Oxford, titled "Creating and Exploring Extreme States of Matter with X-ray Free-electron Lasers".

The seminar will begin at 3:00 PM ET on November 1, 2022.

Please contact Veronica Turner for connection information.

Bio: Dr. Sam Vinko is an Associate Professor of High Energy Density Physics at the University of Oxford, a University Research Fellow of the Royal Society, and a Fellow at Trinity College Oxford. He pioneered the use of x-ray free-electron lasers to explore extreme states of matter, and is

engaged in a wide range of experimental, computational and theoretical investigations into strongly coupled quantum plasmas. He is particularly interested in how novel experimental facilities can be used together with advanced computational tools to further our understanding of matter at high densities and extreme pressures. In 2015 he shared the American Physical Society’s John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research, and won the Young Scientist Prize in Plasma Physics by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics in 2016. He is co-founder of Machine Discovery Ltd, a university spin out company developing machine learning tools to enhance and accelerate computational research and development.

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Group 3 / Short Courses
9:00 am / 5:00 pm

Short Course: Materials Science in Extreme Environments (MSEE) Optical Spectroscopy Workshop

Short Course: Materials Science in Extreme Environments (MSEE) Optical Spectroscopy Workshop

Workshop description: Optical spectroscopy provides powerful diagnostic methods to detect, identify, and quantify atoms, molecules, and condensed materials under a wide range of physical and chemical conditions. This 2-day workshop will provide a detailed look at various experimental methods for optical measurements of materials in extreme environments including laser-produced plasmas, high-explosive detonations, shock tubes, flames/combustion, and turbulent chemical plumes. Challenges, tradeoffs, and solutions for various optical spectroscopy measurements will be discussed. Techniques and tools for interpretation and analysis of spectra will also be covered, including spectral modeling and fitting algorithms. Hands-on activities are planned to introduce experimental spectroscopy instrumentation, and how to model reference spectra using information from online databases. Workshop Dates: November 01-02, 2022 Location: Wyant College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ Target Audience: MSEE graduate students, postdocs, and researchers interested in learning more about optical spectroscopy and how it can be applied to MSEE research. Information will primarily cover introductory topics for attendees with minimal background in spectroscopy, but some advanced topics of interest to experienced researchers will be covered as well. If interested attendees are not currently funded under MSEE, please contact us for more information. Speakers/Instructors
Michael DeMagistris CRAFT Tech
Hergen Eilers Washington State University
Nick Glumac University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Sivanandan Harilal Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
R. Jason Jones University of Arizona
Mark Phillips University of Arizona
Morgan Ruesch CRAFT Tech
Tentative Schedule Tuesday, November 01            Experimental methods, group dinner Wednesday, November 02     Spectral modeling and fitting Thursday, November 03         Optional activities, lab tours, side meetings Logistics: There is no registration fee for attending the workshop, but attendees are expected to fund travel expenses from existing MSEE projects. Meals and refreshments will be provided during the workshop. Detailed information about this workshop including the agenda, hotels and visitor information cab be found using this link. MSEE Optical Spectroscopy Workshop Information and Agenda If interested in attending, please click here to register or contact Veronica Turner at [email protected] by October 24, 2022.
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September 15, 2022
Group 1 / MSEE Colloquium
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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September 6, 2022
Group 1 / MSEE Seminars
3:00 pm / 4:00 pm

MSEE Seminar: Dr. Michelle L. Pantoy, Texas Tech University

Join us for a seminar with Dr. Michelle L. Pantoy, Texas Tech University, titled "Advancing Iodine-Based Oxidizers for Energetic Applications".

The seminar will begin at 3:00 PM ET on September 6, 2022.

Please contact Veronica Turner for connection information.

Bio:

Dr. Michelle Pantoya received her PhD from the University of California, Davis in 1999 and joined the faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Texas Tech University in 2000. As the J. W. Wright Regents Endowed Chair Professor, her research focuses on studying metal particle combustion in ways that can enhance our national safety and security. She has received many research awards including the US Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE) and the DoD Young Investigator Program Award and has 5 patents and over 200 journal publications on this topic. Dr. Pantoya is also an advocate for early engineering education with DOD and DOE STEM grants that promote the development and integration of educational tools and models for culturally and linguistically diverse students. She is also the co-author of several children’s books introducing engineering to young kids (i.e., Engineering Elephants, Designing Dandelions, Optimizing an Octopus).

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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.

Group 1 / MSEE Seminars
3:00 pm / 4:00 pm
December 6

Join us for a seminar with Dr. C. Michael Lindsay, University of Akron, titled "The Discovery, Development, and
Transition of Energetic Materials into Munitions".

The seminar will begin at 3:00 PM ET on December 6, 2022.

Please contact Veronica Turner for connection information.

Bio: Dr. C. Michael Lindsay is the Technical Advisor of the Energetic Materials Branch, Ordnance
Division, Munitions Directorate, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base,
FL. In this position, he leads the overall technical program of approximately 60 scientists,
engineers, and technicians conducting in-house research to develop energetic materials for
air delivered weapons applications.

Dr. Lindsay received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Akron in 1996 and
a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 2002. After graduation he
became a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. He joined the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin AFB in 2005 as an NRC
postdoctoral Research Associate and then as a civil servant in 2006. His research interests
lie in the development and application of novel physical chemistry methodologies towards
the synthesis and investigation of energetic materials.

Dr. Lindsay has authored over 75 peer-reviewed journals, proceedings, and government and
has numerous technology transitions. He is an internationally recognized scientist/engineer on
many matters and is well known as being a dynamic and passionate speaker and educator.
Dr. Lindsay is an AFRL Fellow (2020), was the 2008 U.S. Air Force Nominee for the Arthur
Flemming Award for Excellence in Basic Research, the 2009-2010 Distinguished Visiting Professor
of Chemistry at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a 2013 Frontiers of Engineering Scholar for the
National Academy of Engineering.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 2002-2005, Postdoctoral Research Asst. & Lecturer, Dept. of Chemistry, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
2. 2005-2006, NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Energetic Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL.
3. 2006-2009, Research Chemist/NRC Advisor, Energetic Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL.
4. 2009-2010, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Chemistry, Dept. of Chemistry, United States Air Force Academy, CO.
5. 2010-2011, Team Lead/Research Chemist, Energetic Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL.
6. 2011-2012, Senior Research Chemist/Team Lead, Energetic Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL.
7. 2012-2013, Asst. to the Chief Scientist, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, (AFRL/RW), Eglin AFB, FL
8. 2013-2018, Technical Advisor/Senior Chemist, Energetic Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL.
9. 2019-present, Technical Advisor /Principal Chemist, Energetic Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL.

SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS
Sugarman Award, Teaching & Research Excellence, University of Chicago (1997, 2002)
NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, National Research Council (2005)
Science & Engineering Award, (Exploratory Development Team), United States Air Force (2006)
Distinguished Visiting Professorship, United States Air Force Academy (2009)
Arthur S. Flemming Award (Basic Science), United States Air Force (2010)
Frontiers of Engineering Scholar, National Academy of Engineer (2013)
Volunteer Excellence Award, United States Air Force (2014)
Publication of the Year, AFRL Munitions Directorate (2010, 2012, 2013, 2020)
Fellow of the Air Force Research Laboratory (2020)

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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.

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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 15, 2022
Group 1 / MSEE Colloquium
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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