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College of Engineering Graduate Student Orientation
August 31 2015 at 9:00 AM
Community Arts
Congratulations, admitted students. We are looking forward to meeting you and are taking great care to prepare for your arrival. Please mark your calendars for Monday, August 31, 9am to 4pm for the College of Engineering Graduate Student Orientation. Orientation is mandatory for students and will include important information from the following WSU units: College of Engineering Dean's Office  Division of Research Research Compliance and Ethics Office Graduate School International Students and Scholars Office University Libraries Police Department Departmental break-out sessions in the afternoon There will also be plenty of time to meet current students during the graduate student panel discussion and a special lunch mixer with student organizations and competition teams. Pizza will be served. Don't miss out--RSVP for Graduate Student Orientation today (deadline is August 21st)! Need more information now? View our accepted graduate student webinar or email us. Register for courses now to ensure your seat in class! You are eligible to register upon acceptance into the program. View your department graduate degree guidelines for course selections. If you want to adjust your schedule, you are able to make changes later.
Nano@Wayne with L. James Lee, Ohio State University
September 15 2015 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Center
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Nano@Wayne seminar on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in the Welcome Center auditorium. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested. The guest speaker will be Dr. L. James Lee, Helen C. Kurtz Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University. He will present, "Tethered Lipoplex Nanoparticle (TLN) Biochips for Extracellular Vesicles Based Early Cancer Diagnosis and Prognosis." Dr. Lee founded and serves as the Director of NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Affordable Nanoengineering of Polymer Biomedical Devices (CANPBD) at OSU. His research interest includes BioMEMS/NEMS, micro-/nanofabrication, and polymer and composite materials. He has more than 350 refereed journal publications, 30 patents and patent applications, and 14 book chapters. Abstract: Cancers cause millions of deaths worldwide each year and the annual cancer related health care cost is more than $500 billion. Even with such heavy spending, mortality rates of many cancer types remain very high. For example, 5-year survival rate for lung cancer and pancreatic cancer is 15% and 6% respectively. In addition to developing new drugs and treatment methods, non-invasive early detection and prognosis methods provide great potential to reduce mortality rates of cancer. "Liquid biopsy" based on circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and extracellular vesicles (EVs) such as circulating microvesicles (MVs) or exosomes is currently the major focus of the field. Given their important role in regulating gene expression and recognizing that their dysfunction plays a critical role in human cancers, microRNAs (miRs) and messenger RNAs (mRNAs) have emerged as potential biomarkers for cancer detection. Here, we show that biochips using tethered lipoplex nanoparticles (TLNs) containing molecular beacons (MBs) can capture cell-derived EVs from body fluids such as blood and urine, and identify encapsulated RNA and EV surface membrane protein targets in a single step with minimal sample preparation (no need of exosome and total RNA collection) and sample size. A short reception will immediately follow Dr. Lee's presentation.
College of Engineering Career Fair (Information for Students and Alumni)
October 1 2015 at 1:00 PM
Student Center - Ballroom
College of Engineering Career Fair October 1, 2015  1-4:30pm Student Activities Center - Ballroom (2nd Floor) Bachelor and Master's Engineering Students and Alumni are welcome! We expect at least 70 employers to attend. More details to follow http://engineering.wayne.edu/students/careers.php    
Sustainability@Wayne Seminar with Dr. Christodoulos A. Floudas, Director of theTexas A&M Energy InstituteUniversity
October 6 2015 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 6, 2015 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. The seminar will be held at WSU's Welcome Center, located at 42 W. Warren. The guest speaker will be Dr. Christodoulos A. Floudas, director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute..  Dr. Floudas will present "Hybrid Feedstock Energy Processes: Process Synthesis, Global Optimization, and Supply Chain Analysis."  The seminar is free and open to the entire university community; registration is requested. Abstract: The primary aim in the discovery of hybrid energy processes is to combine coal, biomass, and natural gas to meet the United States transportation fuel demand. Dr. Floudas will outline the needs and introduce novel hybrid feedstock coal, biomass, and natural gas to liquids (CBGTL) process alternatives within a superstructure framework. Then, he will address important decisions at the process design and process synthesis level. Finally, he will present a novel framework for the optimal energy supply chain of CBGTL processes. Life cycle analysis on the nationwide energy supply chain shows that at least 50% reduction of GHG emissions is attainable. A reception will immediately follow Dr. Floudas' talk.
Nano@Wayne Seminar with Dr. Peter Grutter
October 27 2015 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Center
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Nano@Wayne seminar on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in the Welcome Center auditorium. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested. The guest speaker will be Dr. Peter Grutter, professor and dhair of the Department of Physics at McGill University. He will present, "Atomic Force Microscopy-much more than pretty images." Dr. Grutter's group works on developing tools, mainly scanning probe microscopy based, and applying them to problems in nanoscience, in particular nanoelectronics. He investigates magnetic particles, quantum dots, molecules and neurons to understand their properties and structure-function relationships with respect to information processing and data storage. Furthermore, he is developing micromachined, cantilever based sensors for biochemical sensing. Abstract: Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is a technique that allows atomic scale spatial resolution on essentially any material, including insulators and metals, in essentially any environment: from ultra high vacuum to liquids, at temperatures of several 100K down to mK.  These images allow extraction of detailed structural information, in particular when combined with state of the art modeling. Many properties, such as electrical surface potential, elasticity, yield stress, adhesion or friction can be measured and correlated to structure, often as a function of external parameters such as light or electrochemical potential. Completing this ‘nanolab’ is the capability of AFM to manipulate objects. In this colloquium, Dr. Grutter will concentrate on structure-property AFM experiments that can give fundamental insights in fields which have major potential for important applications. Some of the fundamental questions include: How is charge separated in organic photovoltaics? What determines Li mobility in batteries? How does the electrical conductivity of a nanometer scale contact depend on mechanical properties? What induces the formation of a synapse in a neuron? By describing Dr. Grutter's research group’s ongoing attempts to find answers to these questions, he will also demonstrate how state-of-the-art AFM goes well beyond being a tool to make ‘pretty’ images. A short reception will immediately follow Dr. Grutter's presentation.
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