Friday’s presentation will be by Sotiris S. Xantheas, laboratory fellow with the physical sciences division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He will discuss recent efforts towards achieving a quantitative description of the structure, energetics and dynamics of the hydrogen bonding network in systems of increasing complexity, such as in guest/host inclusion compounds, aqueous solutions and systems of biological significance.
“We are grateful to have distinguished speakers coming from various backgrounds, including industry, federal and state agencies, research institutes and academia,” said Nikolaos Voulgarakis, assistant professor of mathematics. “We believe that our community will benefit from this informative seminar series and will initiate more interdisciplinary collaborations.”
The second seminar will be at noon Friday, Sept. 6, on a timely agricultural topic: “The Science of Crop Biotechnology and the Myths of Food Labeling Initiatives,” presented by Allan S. Felsot, professor of entomology and environmental toxicology at WSU Tri-Cities.
The Joint Engineering and Science Seminar (JESS) series is an interdisciplinary effort of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Professional Programs at WSU Tri-Cities.
About the Aug. 30 speaker
About the Sept. 6 speaker
About the faculty collaborators
Nikolaos Voulgarakis earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Crete in Greece and joined WSU Tri-Cities in 2012. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UC Berkeley, where he conducted research on nanoscale fluid dynamics. His areas of research include numerical analysis, multiphysics/multiscale modeling, stochastic processes, molecular and fluid dynamics, and nonlinear dynamics.