November 2014

How can the Academic and Research Computing Group help you? (WPI Only)
Wednesday, 11/12/2014 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Washburn Shops & Stoddard Laboratories, WB 229
Presentation by Sia Najafi, Director of Research Computing and Academic IT Support, Information Technology Department

At most institutions, Research Computing and Academic Computing fall into separate IT units. Traditional services such as high performance computing hardware/software, storage, and data management are provided by Research Computing; centralized academic software and training, computer labs are provided by the Academic Computing group. WPIs ARC group, which can be described as a hybrid model, serves both functions and more. In this presentation, we will go over all the services this group provides. Each service area will be presented by the person heading that group. This will give the audience a chance to get to know the people responsible for different services.
For more information, e-mail or call 508-831-5633.

Batteries: From Materials, Manufacturing to Recycling (WPI Only)
Wednesday, 11/19/2014 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Washburn Shops & Stoddard Laboratories, WB 229
Presentation by Professor Yan Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering

In the drive towards improved electrical energy storage for applications ranging from electric vehicles to grid stabilization and renewable energy storage, the important role of electrochemical storage and batteries specifically, will continue, due to batteries high energy density, simplicity, reliability, and potential for favorable performance/cost ratio. Although batteries are being extensively developed both in academia and industry, their performance/properties are still lower than the expectation, which limits them more widely used in different applications, especially in hybrid/electric vehicles and large scale grid storage. In this talk, I will explain my group effort to overcome the challenges in order to develop next generation batteries requiring high safety, low cost and a close loop.
Sponsored by: Materials Science & Engineering
For more information, e-mail or call 508-831-5633.

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