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Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Shawn McElmurry

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Shawn McElmurry

was recently awarded the 2014 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the editor of the American Society of...
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Dow Chemical Safety Seminars
October 4 2016 at 2:30 PM
Engineering, College of
Students and faculty from the science and engineering communities are welcome to join experts from the Dow Chemcal Company in Freeport, Texas for a two-part seminar on chemical safety. Each topic will feature a one-hour lecture followed by a 30-minute reception. This program is presented by Dow Chemical Company and the Wayne State University Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.
College of Engineering 2016 Annual Fall Career Fair (Info. for Recruiters)
October 6 2016 at 10:30 AM
Student Center
  Please join us for the  College of Engineering Annual Fall Career Fair  Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016WSU Student Center, 2nd Floor 8 a.m.Exhibitor setup  10:30 a.m. - noonEarly Access Career Fair Noon - 5 p.m.Career Fair Open to All  Please register by September 20, 2016at http://go.wayne.edu/2016COEFair Wayne State is a premier public, urban research university. Our academic excellence, diversity and Detroit location provide students with a competitive advantage in their fields. At the Wayne State College of Engineering, all students are exposed to global experiences, community partnerships, high-impact research, hands-on learning and career development. Our graduates are in demand--the 2014 graduating class had a 90% placement rate at graduation. Employer registration: $300Each standard registration includes 6' table, 2 chairs, display space and admission for up to four recruiters. Additional table space also is available for purchase. Add-on items:- Additional 6' table and two chairs, $100- Admission for more than four recruiters, $50- Add on package: Additional 6' table, two additional chairs, and admission for more than four recruiters.  Parking: Self parking is available in Parking Structure 1 for $7.50 per entry. Credit card payments are accepted. Parking Structure 1 is at the nortwest corner of Cass and Palmer.  Lunch:Lunch will be provided for all recruiters. Questions about the event? Contact information you need updated?   Please contact: Erin Rook, Program Coordinator, Engineering Career Resources Center at erin.rook@wayne.edu.
Sustainability@Wayne Seminar: "Sustainability and Product Transparency in Manufacturing: An Insider's Perspective."
October 11 2016 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Center
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Sustainability@Wayne seminar on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 2:30 p.m to 4:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center auditorium. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested. The seminar will feature "Sustainability and Product Transparency in Manufacturing: An Insider's Perspective," with guest speaker, Richelle Thomas, Ph.D., Owens Corning Science and Technology. Dr.Thomas is an advanced engineer for R&D at Owens Corning Science & Technology in Granville, OH where her work has spanned from developing insulation product demand models based on building energy codes, improving product transparency and evaluating microscopic polymer behavior. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2013 with a focus on biopolymer scaffold structure-property relationships. Abstract:  In this seminar, Dr. Thomas will highlight trends in corporate sustainability from a manufacturing perspective including: marketplace expectations, third-party product certifications and product transparency. To conclude, she will highlight examples of sustainable advances that prominent manufacturing companies have made in recent years. A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.
WATER@Wayne Seminar: "The Detroit Green Infrastructure Program: Achieving More Than Stormwater Management."
October 13 2016 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Center
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Water@Wayne seminar on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 2:30 p.m to 4:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center auditorium. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested. The Water@Wayne Seminar Series will presents, "The Detroit Green Infrastructure Program: Achieving More Than Stormwater Management," with guest speaker, Palencia Mobley, P.E., from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Palencia was appointed as the deputy director/chief engineer of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department by Mayor Mike Duggan. As an authority on water infrastructure and environmental engineering, she has more than a decade of experience in planning, design and construction administration and management services for water and wastewater utilities across the country.  Abstract:  This presentation will provide an overview of the DWSD green infrastructure program in the context of a financially challenged, yet rebounding city. It will discuss priorities, how green infrastructure is uniquely tailored to the needs of Detroit and how vital green infrastructure is to the community financially. It will provide a summary of critical lessons learned and plans for progress in the future.  A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.
Nano@Wayne Seminar: Molecular Structures of Peptides and Proteins at Abiotic/Biotic Interfaces
October 18 2016 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Center
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the Nano@Wayne seminar on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 2:30 p.m to 4:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center auditorium. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested. The Nano@Wayne Seminar Series presents, "Molecular Structures of Peptides and Proteins at Abiotic/Biotic Interfaces." with Zhan Chen, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Professor Chen received his BS degree in chemistry from Peking University and his MS degree in solid state physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. He did his postdoctoral research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Chen is currently a professor of chemistry, macromolecular science and engineering, biophysics, and applied physics at the University of Michigan.  Abstract: Biological molecules such as peptides and proteins have been extensively incorporated into composite materials used in many important applications such as biosensors, biochips, and nano-electronics. The functions and activities of these composite materials are mediated by the molecular structures of these biological molecules at the abiotic/biotic interface. It is difficult to elucidate molecular structures of peptides and proteins at buried solid/liquid interfaces in situ in real time due to the lack of appropriate techniques. In this study, Chen and his team developed a nonlinear optical spectroscopic technique, sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy, into a powerful tool to reveal such molecular structures. They also applied supplemental spectroscopic methods such as ATR-FTIR and CD spectroscopy in the research. They successfully elucidated the impact of different surface immobilization methods and environmental conditions on the structures of the surface immobilized peptides and proteins, and revealed structure-function relationships of these surface immobilized biological molecules. In addition to the surface immobilized biological molecules, we also examined molecular interactions between peptides and liquid crystals as well as 2D materials such as graphene and MoS2. They showed that the liquid crystal samples respond differently to interfacial peptides with different secondary structures and elucidated the detailed interaction mechanisms between peptides and 2D materials.    A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.
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