Complex fluid systems in nanotechnology, biology, and life

Saturday, February 5, 2005 - 9:45am - 10:15am
EE/CS 3-180
Laura Frink (Sandia National Laboratories)
Complex fluids are ubiquitous in nanoscale materials, at interfaces, and in
biology. They are typically modeled with either molecular simulation or
molecular theory approaches. Our research has emphasized implementation of
large scale algorithms for density functional theory based approaches to
these problems. In density functional theories a free energy functional is
minimized to determine an optimal solution. It turns out that many women
also find their lives to be complex fluid systems that require daily
optimization around the constraints of the career, their home, and their
families. This seminar will present briefly the content of one applied math
career in the context of a national lab, and also discuss how the
work-family balance can be achieved in this setting.