Live Q&A on Computer Science, Math, and Civil, Chemical, Biomedical and Aerospace Engineering Programs with Professors from University of Texas in Austin
The American Center in Moscow invites those who are interested in studying civil, chemical, biomedical, or aerospace engineering, computer science, or math in the USA to a unique live Q&A session with a panel of university professors live from the University of Texas in Austin (UT Austin) on October 11 at 6:00-7:00 pm at the American Center in Moscow. Every participant will receive a free lapel pin from Austin, Texas!
Panelists: Live from Austin, Texas — University professors of civil, chemical, biomedical, or aerospace engineering, computer science, or math at UT Austin. Full bios of the panelists are at the end of this announcement.
Agenda: The professors live from UT Austin will answer questions from the audience at the American Center about pursuing degrees in civil, chemical, biomedical, and aerospace engineering, computer science, and math in the US and at UT Austin, will talk about their specific programs and their research at UT Austin, will share stories of their academic careers, and will give career guidance to Russian students planning to apply to study in the US or at UT Austin.
Why you should join: Join this live Q&A session on October 11 at 6:00 pm to get a unique opportunity to talk to experienced and renouned professors from a Public Ivy university and receive their helpful advice on US school admissions into programs on civil, chemical, biomedical, and aerospace engineering, computer science, and math for international students. You can also submit your question prior to the event through this form. Every participant will receive a free lapel pin from Austin, Texas!
Partners: The University of Texas in Austin (with the support of the College of Liberal Arts, especially the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Liberal Arts Information Technology Services (LAITS), and the International Office)
1) Lacy White — Biomedical Engineering (Graduate Program Coordinator)
2) Dr. Daniel Knopf is a professor of Mathematics and the associate dean for graduate education at the University of Texas at Austin. As a geometric analyst, he primarily studies geometric heat flows and has published extensively in the field, co-authoring many books and articles on the Ricci Flow. As an outstanding member of the UT faculty, he has received many teaching and research awards such as the Graduate School Diversity Mentoring Fellowship and the Frank E. Gerth III Faculty Fellowship. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1999 and his research interests include Geometric analysis, Differential geometry, and Geometric partial differential equations. He is a member of the Geometry research group in the UT-Austin Department of Mathematics and also interacts with UT’s research groups in Partial Differential Equations and Topology. His website is: https://web.ma.utexas.edu/users/danknopf/
3) Dr. Adam Klivans (Computer Science) — Dr. Klivans is a professor of computer science and recipient of the NSF Career Award. Prior to joining the faculty of UT, Dr. Klivans was research professor at UC-Berkeley and earned his PhD from MIT in 2002. His research interests lie in machine learning and theoretical computer science, in particular, Learning Theory, Computational Complexity, Pseudorandomness, Limit Theorems, and Gaussian Space. He also serves on the editorial board for the Theory of Computing and Machine Learning Journal. His personal teaching and research website: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~klivans/
4) Dr. Maria Juenger (Civil Engineering) (also Graduate Student Advisor for Civil Engineering) — Dr. Maria Juenger is Professor, Graduate Advisor, and John A. Focht Centennial Teaching Fellow in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where she has been since 2002. Dr. Juenger received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Duke University and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. After completing her Ph.D., she was a postdoctoral researcher in Civil Engineering at the University at California, Berkeley. Dr. Juenger’s teaching and research focus on materials used in civil engineering applications. She primarily examines chemical issues in cement-based materials; these include phase formation in cement clinkering, hydration chemistry of portland cement, calcium sulfoaluminate cement, and supplementary cementitious materials, and chemical deterioration processes in concrete. In 2005 she received a Faculty Early CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. Her publications can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/47926145_Maria_CG_Juenger
5) Dr. Lydia Contreras (Chemical Engineering) — Dr. Contreras is associate professor of chemical engineering and holds the Dean’s Chair in Engineering Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin. Her lab’s research combines biomolecular engineering, genetic studies and computational modeling to understand molecular features that lead to the specific recognition and interaction of RNAs and proteins. Her team under her direction applies fundamental concepts that emerge from experimental (and computational) work to develop novel applications that could beneficially impact human health and biotechnology. Overall research interests include: * RNA-protein interactions, RNA-protein folding * Novel molecular tools for intracellular studies of RNA-metabolism * Molecular engineering for new cellular behaviors * Diagnostics for RNA-related diseases * Molecular mechanisms of stress-responses. Her lab’s website is: https://sites.utexas.edu/contreraslab/. A video interview with Dr. Contreras on ABC news: https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/university-of-texas-engineering-professor-making-breakthroughs-in-science/269-600574206
6) Dr. Moriba Jah (Aerospace Engineering) — Dr. Moriba Jah is a world-recognized subject matter expert in astrodynamics-based Space Domain Awareness sciences and technologies with 75+ publications in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and symposia. Dr. Jah joined the UT Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in 2017. His research interests are in non-gravitational astrodynamics and advanced/non-linear multi-sensor/object tracking, prediction, and information fusion. His expertise is in space object detection, tracking, identification, and characterization, as well as spacecraft navigation. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder specializing in astrodynamics and statistical orbit determination. Prior to joining the faculty at UT Austin, Dr. Jah was the Director of the University of Arizona’s Space Object Behavioral Sciences with applications to Space Domain Awareness, Space Protection, Space Traffic Monitoring, and Space Debris research to name a few. Preceding that, Dr. Jah was the lead for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Advanced Sciences and Technology Research Institute for Astronautics (ASTRIA) and a Principal Investigator for Detect/Track/Id/Characterize Program at AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate. Before joining AFRL in 2007, he was a spacecraft navigator for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, serving on Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express (joint mission with ESA), Mars Exploration Rovers, Hayabusa (joint mission with JAXA), and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Visit his website: https://sites.utexas.edu/moriba/. Article on Dr. Jah from Lift magazine: https://lift.erau.edu/space-junkie/ Check out a TED Talk by Dr. Jah in April 2019: https://www.ted.com/talks/moriba_jah_the_worlds_first_crowdsourced_space_traffic_monitoring_system?language=en
Interesting facts about UT Austin:
- UT Austin is a Public Ivy, providing an Ivy League collegiate experience at a public university price
- Founded in 1883, UT Austin has had the fifth largest single-campus enrollment in the nation as of Fall 2006, with over 51,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 3,000 teaching faculty, including over 5,600 international students and 1,200 international scholars who come from 140 countries
- The list of University of Texas at Austin notable alumni includes such graduates and students as actors Mathew McConahey, Owen Wilson, Renée Zellweger, and Jon Hamm, film directors Wes Anderson and Robert Rodríguez, musician Janis Joplin, writer John Maxwell Coetzee, basketball player Kevin Durant, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, founder of Dell Computers Michael Dell, and many others. Over 30 UT Austin undergraduates have served in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Among university faculty are recipients of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, the Wolf Prize, the Primetime Emmy Award, the Turing Award, and the National Medal of Science, as well as many other awards. As of October 2018, 11 Nobel Prize winners, two Turing Award winners and two Fields medalists have been affiliated with the school as alumni, faculty members or researchers.
- The university is ranked one of the top 15 public universities according to U.S. News & World Report and one of the top 31 universities internationally according to the Center for World University Rankings. The UT Austin has 18 research disciplines ranked in the top 10 worldwide, including the No. 1 program in interdisciplinary mathematics, according to subject rankings from the Center for World University Rankings, and top 10 programs in multiple colleges and schools including business, communications, education, engineering, geological sciences, humanities, information, natural sciences, social work and the social sciences.
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