The Physical Implications of Critical Infrastructure Cyberattack

In this talk, Dr. Rush outlines how cyber attacks against critical infrastructure can impact the supply of gas, water, and electric grids. Cyber-attacks are usually thought of as directed against information, such as compromise of passwords, access to financial information, or theft of information. The focus of this talk is on the need to increase the level of protection on critical infrastructure. The issue is viewed from the attacker’s point of view and outlines the physical impacts of a successful attack. This event is part of the STEM lecture series.

Particle Accelerators: Probing the Universe with the World’s Highest Energy Collisions

The universe we live in is approximately 14 billion years old and has undergone many phases of transformation. The exact laws of its structure and formation remain largely unknown to us. One way to understand them is to re-create the conditions of the early universe when the matter was very dense and hot. This can be achieved in our days using high energy particle accelerators and colliders. In this talk I will present big questions particle physicists are facing today and explain how we try to address them using the data from accelerators, such as the Tevatron at Fermilab and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This talk is part of the STEM Lecture Series.

Voyages in Computer Engineering featuring Machine Learning (Video)

Do you know how the technology in your pocket works? What are the systems and architectures behind it? In this talk, Jim VanDeCasteele will talk about computer engineering and the move toward automation and machine learning. He will share his journey through computer engineering and offer tips about learning and being successful.
Jim VanDeCasteele is a Sr. Sales Engineer at Resolve Systems. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. This event is part of the STEM lecture series.

Voyages in Computer Engineering Featuring Machine Learning

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Engineering a Super X-ray Strobe Light for Science (video)

If you have had a medical or dental X-ray, you know they are good at penetrating objects. Now imagine making those X-rays more intense by a billion times a billion and focusing them down to a size smaller than the point of a pin. What science could you do? Learn about the engineering involved in building large X-ray microscopes at Argonne National Laboratory. These football-field length instruments harness intense X-rays for use by every scientific discipline. Find out forefront examples of the resulting X-ray imaging created from STEM fields as diverse as entomology, medicine, biology, energy, environmental science, physics, materials chemistry and geology.

Engineering a Super X-ray Strobe Light for Science

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Improving Energy Materials Using Quantum Physics and Machine Learning (video)

Materials are useful – they store energy for cell phones and electric cars, turn sunlight into electricity, and track your movements while you exercise. How do scientists understand and improve materials at the level of atoms? And what does machine learning and quantum physics have to do with all of this? Maria Chan, a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, will explain the state of the art of materials discovery and improvement. This event is part of our STEM lecture series.

Watch this talk here: Improving Energy Materials Using Quantum Physics and Machine Learning (MVCC login required off campus).

Taking Nanotechnology from Cleanroom to the Classroom: STEM Lecture

Do you know how diamond and graphene are created in the lab? Would you like to know how they’re applied and how they are changing our world? Learn from Argonne National Laboratory’s Anirudha Sumant. Nanotechnology (“nanotech”) is the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale and is being utilized in many scientific areas right now. This event is part of Moraine Valley’s STEM Lecture Series.

Taking Nanotechnology from Cleanroom to the Classroom

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Event Video: Climate, Energy, Our World, Our Future

The science of global warming has been known for nearly 150 years, and we are now starting to experience tangible impacts on the world’s climate. We humans perceive these changes as gradual, but compared to natural cycles, they are unprecedentedly rapid. Fossil fuel combustion is closely linked with the development of a modern industrial society, coinciding with rapid growth of global population. But the buildup of greenhouse gases is creating serious side effects that have now become crystal clear. These facts present humanity with a monumental challenge. We need to bring all of our technological and philosophical wisdom to bear if future generations are to inherit a manageable global system. This lecture will explain the basic science of climate change, our energy systems and technologies, the role of agriculture, and what kinds of things we must do to secure a brighter future. Special event part of our STEM series.

Climate, Energy, Our World, Our Future featuring Rick Knight

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Industrial Applications of 3D Printing

This presentation will focuses on how 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) is being used in industry including automotive, aerospace, and medical. We also discuss additive manufacturing processes, current technologies and future directions in 3D printing. This talk is part of our STEM series.

Industrial Applications of 3D Printing

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Event Video: Science & Computer Science in the Argonne Leadership Computer Facility

We are excited to share the video from this week’s STEM talk from computer scientist Ben Lenard. His talk focused on supercomputers at Argonne National Laboratory’s Leadership Computer Facility which help  solve problems within the world, from physics to medicine.

Ben is responsible for overseeing the administration and improvement of database systems in the ALCF’s supercomputing environment. These databases are critical to many of the facility’s support services, including job scheduling, job accounting, and business intelligence. In 2016, Ben deployed the IBM Data Server Manager to help streamline database administration tasks. With this tool in place, Ben has a better idea of how the databases are being used, while developers have an improved method for identifying and addressing any performance issues with their queries. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Ben has been strong advocate for the ALCF and for computer science, volunteering for events like the Hour of Code and Argonne’s public open house. He is also currently pursuing a PhD in Computer and Information Sciences at DePaul University. Prior to Argonne Ben worked in the financial services industry for 13 years as well as academia for 2 years.

Science & Computer Science in the Argonne Leadership Computer Facility

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Special Event: Science & Computer Science in the Argonne Leadership Computer Facility 

Science & Computer Science in the Argonne Leadership Computer Facility featuring Ben Lenard, Argonne National Laboratory 
Wednesday, October 11th: Noon-1pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Ben will talk about how supercomputers at LCF help to solve problems within the world, from physics to medicine.
Ben is responsible for overseeing the administration and improvement of database systems in the ALCF’s supercomputing environment. These databases are critical to many of the facility’s support services, including job scheduling, job accounting, and business intelligence. In 2016, Ben deployed the IBM Data Server Manager to help streamline database administration tasks. With this tool in place, Ben has a better idea of how the databases are being used, while developers have an improved method for identifying and addressing any performance issues with their queries.  In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Ben has been strong advocate for the ALCF and for computer science, volunteering for events like the Hour of Code and Argonne’s public open house. He is also currently pursuing a PhD in Computer and Information Sciences at DePaul University. Prior to Argonne Ben worked in the financial services industry for 13 years as well as academia for 2 years.