Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE)

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Adventures in Scanning Electron Microscopy
Jan/24 Mon 09:00AM–05:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 09:00AM–05:00PM
Jan/26 Wed 09:00AM–05:00PM

Adventures in Scanning Electron Microscopy is an activity offered by Donald Galler. The activity offers training and introduction to electron microscopy. No prerequisities. Advanced signup required; signup deadline January 2, 2022. Signup link.

Jan/03 Mon 02:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/04 Tue 01:30PM–03:30PM
Jan/05 Wed 01:30PM–03:30PM
Jan/06 Thu 01:30PM–03:30PM
Jan/18 Tue 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/19 Wed 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/21 Fri 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/24 Mon 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/26 Wed 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 01:00PM–03:00PM

Offered by Mike Tarkanian. Students will learn basic blacksmithing techniques using traditional tools to hand forge mild steel. Drawing a taper, forming a scroll, twisting, and finishing techniques will be incorporated into simple projects. Limited to participants with no prior blacksmithing experience. Advanced signup required.

Computational Research and Studies with Mathematica: Teaching and Research using the Wolfram Language
Jan/14 Fri 04:00PM–05:00PM

In this session Prof Abbot will present a range of examples to demonstrate why the Wolfram Language is an unparalleled teaching and research tool. Topics to be covered: (1) Using the simple and powerful free-form input functionality; (2) Discussing the consistent syntax and excellent interactive documentation; (3) Examples of high-level numerics, symbolics, visualization, and graphics; (4) Demonstrating the easy access to a wide range of curated data sources and code repositories; (5) Showing how to write papers and theses as Notebooks; and, finally, (6) Setting and assessing open-ended research-style exam questions.

Sign up not necessary, but please send an email to ccarter at if you would like to be apprised of class announcements and materials.

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Activity Leaders:
Paul Abbott,  Professor of Physics, The University of Western Australia
W Craig Carter, Professor of Materials Science

Computational Research and Studies with Mathematica: Accelerating Chemistry Research and Learning Chemistry with Computational Thinking and Computable Knowledge
Jan/12 Wed 04:00PM–05:00PM

Designing active-learning modules that function across in-person, hybrid and remote learning spaces remains challenging and nontrivial for chemical educators at all levels. One route to future-proof modules is via interactive electronic notebooks. Example notebooks bridging multiple learning spaces are discussed along with strategies for incorporation across the curriculum.

Sign up not necessary, but please send an email to ccarter at if you would like to be apprised of class announcements and materials.

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Activity Leaders:
W Craig Carter, Professor of Materials Science
Jason Sonnenberg, Wolfram Research

Computational Research and Studies with Mathematica: Create an Animation, Simulate a Research Model, or Solve a Problem-Set Problem in 60 Seconds, and Other Mathematica Tips and Tricks
Jan/12 Wed 03:00PM–04:00PM

Mathematica and its underlying language, the Wolfram Language, is useful to very quickly create calculations and visualizations to support any type of course involving computation (not just Mathematics). Students will learn how to perform calculations with standard Wolfram Language syntax or with Wolfram|Alpha style (i.e., using natural language processing to replace rigid syntax), create animations or interactive GUIs, efficiently learn and use the Wolfram Language, and share ideas or projects over the web with anyone which include live computations. Several additional examples will be shown involving data analysis, writing efficient code, and other newer aspects of Mathematica. Students will receive a copy of the examples in Wolfram Notebook format to use as a guide, and no prior experience with Mathematica is required.

Sign up not necessary, but please send an email to ccarter at if you would like to be apprised of class announcements and materials.

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Activity Leaders:
W Craig Carter, Professor of Materials Science
Kelvin Mischo, Coauthor of Hands-on Start to Wolfram Mathematica, 3rd Edition

Computational Research and Studies with Mathematica: Using The Wolfram Language and Mathematica for your Problem Sets, Research, and Learning
Jan/14 Fri 03:00PM–04:00PM

Millions of students all over the world use the Wolfram Language as a reliable and powerful tool for doing computations in calculus. During this talk, I will give an overview of recent initiatives to build on these computational capabilities and transition the Wolfram Language to a system for learning the fundamental concepts, theorems and applications of calculus. These initiatives include a successful program for solving all the exercises in a popular calculus textbook using the Wolfram Language,  fully refreshed documentation pages with textbook-style examples for single and multivariable calculus,  large benchmark comparisons  for limits, integrals and other basic calculus operations, and free online courses along with cohort-based study groups for calculus and related areas of the undergraduate curriculum. The overall goal of this program is to apply the Wolfram Language for making calculus education accessible and enjoyable for students everywhere.

Sign up not necessary, but please send an email to ccarter at if you would like to be apprised of class announcements and materials.

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Activity Leaders:
W Craig Carter, Professor of Materials Science
Devendra Kapadia, Wolfram Research

Jan/03 Mon 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/04 Tue 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/05 Wed 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/06 Thu 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/07 Fri 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/10 Mon 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/11 Tue 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/12 Wed 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/13 Thu 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/14 Fri 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/18 Tue 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/19 Wed 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/20 Thu 11:30AM–01:30PM
Jan/21 Fri 11:30AM–01:30PM

Offered by Tara Fadenrecht. Enameling is the process of fusing powdered glass to copper, steel or silver resulting in a glossy, colorful finish. Students in this class will gain a clear understanding on how to work with glass on metal through the exploration of enameling techniques such as stenciling, cloisonné, and champlevé. We will work with both flat and formed pieces to create jewelry and sculptural objects. Previous metal work experience is beneficial; however, the only prerequisite is fearlessness to experiment. Advanced signup is required; signup deadline Jan. 1, 2022.

Experimental Apparatus Design
Jan/19 Wed 02:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/21 Fri 02:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/26 Wed 02:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/28 Fri 02:00PM–04:00PM

In this course you will work with a team to generate concept documents for idea generation, to evaluate concept documents, to create mini-proposals for an apparatus to test your idea, review mini-proposals, and finally how to produce Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) or Manuals as needed to document how to maintain and operate the apparatus. Intended for Graduate Students, Senior Undergraduates, or Postdoctoral Researchers interested in developing physical experimental equipment.

Leader: Brian Neltner

Participants must attend all 4 sessions.

Enrollment limit: 12. Deadline Jan 14, 2022. To enroll, contact Brian Neltner,

Generative Art Workshop
Jan/25 Tue 09:00AM–11:00AM
Jan/26 Wed 09:00AM–11:00AM
Jan/27 Thu 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/28 Fri 10:00AM–12:00PM

Offered by George Varnavides.
Generative art is a type of audiovisual art generated using an algorithm. It often lies at the intersection of mathematical patterns and aesthetic appeal and its results can be stunning and refreshing. In this four-day workshop we will explore some of the aspects of generative art, starting with traditional examples such as mathematical fractals and chaotic attractors, and extending it to discrete and continuous physical systems such as diffusion limited aggregation and microstructural evolution. We will also be exploring multiple media such as visual and audio. The instructors will be using both Jupyter and Wolfram notebooks to illustrate concepts and examples, but participants can choose to use any appropriate language of their choice. No prerequisites. Advanced signup required; signup deadline Jan. 3, 2022. Signup here.

How Birds Work
Jan/24 Mon 11:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/26 Wed 11:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/28 Fri 11:00AM–12:00PM

Offered by Prof. Lorna Gibson. Birds are amazing. In this series of talks, we’ll look at the materials science of feathers; the mechanics of bird bones; the versatility of bird bills; as well as bird flight and migration. There will be 5, one-hour talks from Monday through Friday 11AM-12PM. Participants are welcome at individual sessions. No prerequisites. First come first served. Signup here.

Introduction to Metalcasting
Jan/03 Mon 09:00AM–11:00AM
Jan/04 Tue 09:00AM–11:00AM
Jan/05 Wed 09:00AM–11:00AM
Jan/06 Thu 09:00AM–11:00AM
Jan/07 Fri 09:00AM–11:00AM
Jan/10 Mon 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/12 Wed 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/13 Thu 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/14 Fri 01:00PM–03:00PM
Jan/24 Mon 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/26 Wed 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/28 Fri 10:00AM–12:00PM

Offered by Shaymus Hudson. Students in this class will learn the techniques necessary for lost wax coating of metals. They will first make models of the items to be cast – either by sculpting wax into the desired shape, or by casting wax into a rubber mold of an existing object. They will then build ceramic shells around the models, burn out the wax, and cast molten bronze into the resulting mold. If time permits, the basics of sand casting will also be covered. Class length is 2 hours every day for five days and will be offered three times over IAP. Three sessions conducted over the length of IAP, of two hours each day over one work week (five days). No prerequisites. Advanced signup required; signup deadline Dec. 31, 2021.

Introduction to Thermo-Calc
Jan/18 Tue 09:30AM–12:30PM
Jan/19 Wed 09:30AM–12:30PM
Jan/20 Thu 09:30AM–12:30PM
Jan/21 Fri 09:30AM–12:30PM

Offered by Prof. Greg Olson and Clay Houser. This activity is an introduction to the Thermo-Calc software and how it may be used to perform thermodynamic calculations and simulations. Throughout this week, students will be introduced to the CALculation of PHase Diagrams (CALPHAD) methodology and the Thermo-Calc software. We will provide guided examples of thermodynamic, diffusion, and precipitation simulations (Thermo-Calc, DICTRA, and TC-PRISMA). We will also demonstrate use of computational tools for materials design with real-world examples, including an introduction to the TC-Python API. Finally, students will develop understanding of the links between processing, structure, properties, and performance (system design framework). The class will involve instruction and discussion on the theory and function of these tools with guided examples and case studies. Signup here.

Introduction to Welding
Jan/03 Mon 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/04 Tue 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/05 Wed 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/06 Thu 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/07 Fri 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/10 Mon 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/12 Wed 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/13 Thu 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/14 Fri 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/24 Mon 09:30AM–11:30AM
Jan/25 Tue 09:30AM–11:30AM
Jan/26 Wed 09:30AM–11:30AM
Jan/27 Thu 09:30AM–11:30AM
Jan/28 Fri 09:30AM–11:30AM

Offered by Christopher Di Perna
Students will learn basic welding techniques including: oxy acetylene welding, MIG welding, and TIG welding. Students are required to attend all sessions. Please do not sign up for this activity if you cannot attend all sessions. Safety equipment will be provided. However, please do not wear synthetic clothing of any kind, including shoes. No advanced signup; first come first served. No signup deadline.