IRG-1 Seminar: Dr. Arun Paramekanti @ 4138 Physics Research Building
Sep 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Title: Magnetism and nematicity in (111) oxide electron gases

Abstract: Recent experiments have begun to explore surface and interface 2D electron gases of (111) oxide heterostructures. Motivated by these experiments, we theoretically examine the many-body instabilities of such 2DEGs driven by multiorbital interactions. We find a rich variety of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic orders accompanied by ferroorbital order which breaks lattice rotational symmetry. Such ordered phases or their fluctuating variants might lead to electronic nematicity, which might potentially explain the low temperature onset of transport anisotropies observed in certain experiments.

Women Inspire @ Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center
Sep 21 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Presented by the Construction Systems Management Industry Advisory Council

Women Inspire Construction presented by The Ohio State University Construction Systems Management Industry Advisory Council is an event to gather the construction industry to focus on retention and community. Come to be empowered and join a conversation that leaves you inspired. The construction industry fosters long lasting relationships that lead to professional success. Both men and women are welcome to JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

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Meet the panelists:

Nissa Beasley currently works as a Project Manager at TriVersity Construction with 24 years of experience in the construction industry. Nissa specializes in major renovation projects, lab construction and multi-story buildings and schools. She is also TriVersity’s subject matter expert with Phoenix Scheduling Program software and helps train project engineers on the program. Before joining TriVersity, Nissa worked for other high profile construction companies in the region.

Nissa received her B.S. in construction management from the University of Cincinnati. She serves as secretary on the board of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) as well as a participating in its membership committee. Nissa was named NAWIC’s Cincinnati Chapter New Leader in 2017. Through NAWIC, she also volunteers for community events for children including Block Kids and the YWCA’s Rosie’s Girls

Heather Cassady currently work as a Project Manager on the $32M Canopy by Hilton hotel project located in Columbus, Ohio. She has been in the construction industry and with Turner Construction for 16 years. Throughout her years at Turner, Heather’s career has evolved in various management roles, including superintendent, sustainability manager, recruiting leader, and estimating engineer. Heather’s projects in Central Ohio have been in the healthcare, hotel, civic, and educational sectors.

Heather received her B.S. in Construction Engineering from the University of Akron. She is a LEED AP and serves as a community leader by dedicating her time and talent to support the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC), Women for Economic Leadership and Development (WELD) and the OSU CSM Industry Advisory Council.

Audra Smith currently works as a Project Executive for Pepper Construction and has extensive experience in construction management on large scale projects throughout central and northeastern Ohio. She has worked in the healthcare, higher education, mixed-use, and corporate office markets and has been involved in $578M worth of construction during her 15 year career. Her expertise is in client relationships and developing the appropriate processes, communication, and expectations to allow her project teams to be successful and meet the needs of the clients and owners. Prior to joining Pepper, she worked for Whiting-Turner Contracting and was responsible for all project interface, shutdown, and management of impactful construction to clients.

Audra earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and holds LEED AP BD+C credentials. She resides in Galena, Ohio with her sons Max and Vin. They share a passion for sports and her sons’ involvement in the Olentangy Local School District athletic programs afford her the opportunity to mentor, coach, and support their programs through fundraising and classroom academic activities.

BME Seminar Series: Dr. Patric Glynn @ 245 Bevis Hall
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Speaker: Dr. Patric Glynn, Stitch Fix; Data Scientist, Client Algorithms

Title: “Data Science: A Nontraditional Career Option that Combines Experimentation, Programming, Math, and Statistics



Choosing whether to pursue a career in academia or industry is a big decision.  For individuals who choose industry, there are many diverse job options, including research scientist, product engineer, and others.  In recent years, an additional career choice has surfaced for those that possess skills in experimentation, programming, math, and statistics: Data Science.

In this talk, I will discuss how Data Science can be a viable, fulfilling career path for Biomedical Engineering students looking for a nontraditional industry role.  Specifically, we will cover:

  • What is Data Science?
  • What do Data Scientists do?
  • How do the skills and training in Biomedical Engineering apply to Data Science?

I will also cover how being successful at a high-growth silicon valley technology company requires a different project and experimentation approach when compared to traditional academic research.



Dr. Patric Glynn received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2009 and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2015.  While working on his Ph.D., he received an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship.  Dr. Glynn worked as a Data Scientist at Nationwide Insurance before moving out to San Francisco, where he has spent the last 1.5 years as a Data Scientist at Stitch Fix.  At Stitch Fix, he is a member of the Client Algorithms team, where he focuses on researching and implementing company strategies for algorithmic approaches to customer retention and reengagement.

Biochemistry Seminar – Dr. Sanjeevi Sivasankar @ 111 Parks Hall
Sep 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Sanjeevi Sivasankar

Affiliation: Iowa State University

Title: Biophysical mechanisms for mechanical tension sensing by cadherin cell-cell adhesion proteins

Host: Dr. Sotomayor

Analytical/Physical Seminar – Dr. Qian Chen @ 1005 Smith Lab
Sep 25 @ 4:10 pm – 5:10 pm

Speaker: Dr. Qian Chen

Affiliation: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Title: Direct Imagine of Crystallization Kinetics of Nanoparticle Superlattices

Host: Dr. Baker

Dow Safety Seminar – Tina Killbrew @ 130 Koffolt Lab
Sep 26 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Speaker: Tina Killbrew

Affiliation: The Dow Chemical Company

Title: Safety Best Practices: Lab Safety Assessments



A critical way to proactively ensure safety in research labs is to properly identify and assess lab hazards on a regular basis. The assessments help drive the prevention of unsafe acts and conditions, help maintain the health of researchers, and aid in the communication of safety concerns and best practices. This practice is important for routine and critical tasks, as they each carry their own risks. This talk will focus on best practices relative to identifying and evaluating the highest potential safety risks in labs, so action can be taken to minimize the risks. Example assessments will be discussed, and fume hood practices will be analyzed in depth.


Tina Killebrew graduated in 1997 from The Ohio State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and joined Cooper Tire in Findlay, Ohio as an extruded materials development engineer upon her graduation. After several years at Cooper Tire developing novel compounds for run flat tires, she joined The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan in 2000 in the Fabricated Products Business as an application development engineer focusing on developing novel polypropylene and polyethylene foams for computer packaging and automotive applications. During her career at Dow, Tina has held technical roles in Dow Building Solutions, Dow Automotive, and Core R&D Financial Operations. Tina also held several leadership roles including leading the Performance Reliability & Material Characterization group within Core R&D Analytical Sciences and she has led the Process Development & Economic Analysis group within Engineering & Process Sciences in Core R&D.


Currently, Tina is the Core R&D global program leader for the Packaging & Specialty Plastics business in Dow, where she leads the identification and scoping of new high value research programs.


Tina has a M.S in Chemical Engineering from The University of Michigan, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and an M.B.A in Finance from The University of Findlay. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt (MAIC & DFSS), is externally certified as a program management professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute, is certified as a problem solver & decision maker from the Kepner – Tregoe Institute, and was recently certified as a Crucial Conversations trainer through Vital Smarts (2017).



Engineering Expo Career Fair @ The Ohio Union
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm

As the university’s largest career fair, Engineering Expo connects Buckeye engineering students with companies offering co-op, internship and career employment opportunities.

Expo is an annual career fair sponsored by Engineers’ Council in partnership with Engineering Career Services. The 2017 Engineering Expo will be held on September 26-27, 2017, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. each day. Proceeds from this well-attended annual event support engineering student organizations and project teams.

Find out more about Engineering Expo including how to register as an employer at

CAR Seminar Series: Avinash Vallur @ 198 Center for Automotive Research
Sep 26 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Host: Giorgio Rizzoni

Speaker: Avinash Vallur

Title: Simulation of Look-Ahead Based Energy Management Strategy using Traffic In Loop Framework

ECE MeetUp: Neural Implant Technology @ 260 Dreese Lab
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

ECE MeetUp Social/Tech Series



Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Room 260, Dreese Lab, 2015 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH (edit map)

Parking is available at the Tuttle Park Place Visitors Garage: 2050 Tuttle Park Place.



The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is fortunate to have two professors at the forefront of implantable technology in solving today’s biomedical needs. Assistant Professor Liang Guo recently was awarded the prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award for his proposal, “Implantable, Programmable Integrated Cellular Circuits.” Assistant Professor Asimina Kiourti was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant for her research on “Fully-Passive and Wireless Multichannel Neuro-Recording.”

What this means to us is we get to spend some time with these two rising stars within the ECE Department and learn about their groundbreaking work in fueling biomedical advancements! Please join us for an overview of research in the areas of:

– Deep Brain Neuropotential Recording – fully-passive (e.g. no battery), wireless brain implants for continuous and unobtrusive monitoring

– Application-specific integrated biocircuits – think ASICs using living cells

– Implantable and Ingestible Antennas

– Bioelectromagnetics


6:00-6:45: Social hour and refreshments in Dreese Lab 260

6:45-7:30: Implant Technology Overview by Profs Kiourti and Guo

7:30-8:00: Tour Prof. Guo’s Lab

Parking is in the Visitors Parking Garage (Tuttle) near Dreese Lab on Neil Ave. Complimentary parking passes provided.


** Bring your aspiring Engineers with you!  **

As a reminder, guests are welcome, and we would especially like to see future Engineers who are interested in learning more attending our events!

** Do Meetup events count toward Continuing Education Credits? **

While the ECE Alumni Society or ECE Department do not offer a guarantee that a Meetup event qualifies based on the Ohio Continuing Education guidelines, if an attendee believes it qualifies and documents the justification, we will be able to vouch for attendance and participation in the event.

BME Seminar Series: Dr. Matthew Becker @ 245 Bevis Hall
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Speaker: Dr. Matthew Becker, Associate Dean for Research; W. Gerald Austen Endowed Chair in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

Affiliation: University of Akron

Title: Building bone with polymers – How new materials and additive manufacturing are changing medicine



Recent synthetic advances have enabled the synthesis of polymers designed to elicit specific cellular functions and to direct cell-cell interactions.  Motivated by traumatic injuries experienced by warfighters, we are developing novel materials and devices designed to repair segmental bone defect and achieve limb salvage.  Biomimetic approaches based on polymers derivatized with adhesive receptor-binding peptides glycoproteins and tethered growth factors have been reported to enhance interactions at the biotic-synthetic interface.  Further advances in both synthetic methodology and scaffold fabrication are needed to drive these efforts forward.  This presentation will describe the use of several translationally relevant chemistries and functionalization strategies that are impacting the practice of medicine and how physicians are planning for future therapies that were not possible previously.



Matthew L. Becker is the W. Gerald Austen Endowed Chair of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and The Associate Dean for Research in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron.  His multidisciplinary research team is focused on developing bioactive polymers for regenerative medicine and addressing unmet medical needs at the interface of chemistry, material science and medicine. He is the founder of three start-up companies.  He earned  a PhD in organic chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis as an NIH Chemistry Biology Interface Training Fellow. In 2003, Dr Becker moved to the Polymers Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology for a NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. He joined the permanent staff as a project leader in 2005 before moving to The University of Akron in 2009.   Professor Becker was awarded the ACS Publications Macromolecules-Biomacromolecules Young Investigator Award in 2015 and is a fellow of the ACS PMSE Division and the Royal Society of Chemistry.