Women in Science: Distinguished Guest Speaker Series

The College of Science is thrilled to introduce the upcoming Women in Science: Distinguished Speaker Series. We've lined up renowned speakers from diverse fields to inspire and enlighten you. Join us in Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 for these enlightening events; stay tuned for the confirmed dates!

Immerse yourself in captivating discussions, gain valuable knowledge, and connect with like-minded individuals with a passion for science. Whether you're an aspiring scientist, a seasoned professional, or simply curious about the wonders of science, this series of events promises to be an engaging and enlightening experience.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a renowned expert in the field and be inspired by their journey. Get ready to be amazed by the achievements of women in science!


Refreshments provided.


Astronomy Speaker - Space Rubble: Sand Experiments

We are delighted to welcome Professor Alice Quillen from the University of Rochester, an astronomer specializing in dynamical astronomy, satellite stability, exoplanet systems, tidal evolution, chaotic spin dynamics, Milky Way structure and active matter. Discover her experiments in granular systems and planetary science.

Location: UAH Shelby Center for Science and Technology, Room 109

Date: 02/27/2024

Time: 05:00 pm - 7 pm



Lab experiments in sand and gravel illustrate phenomena that also takes place in granular systems at low g, such as on the surfaces of rubble asteroids and transneptunian objects. Impact, ricochet and seismic experiments, along with images from recent missions, help us interpret the exotic surfaces of these small bodies. Our experiments are relevant for the design of landers, mitigating potentially hazardous impacts, and suggest how asteroids could have been eroded by the particle rich protosolar disk in which they formed.


Math Speaker - Can we control oscillations in flow-structure interactions?

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Irena Lasiecka, a distinguished math professor from the University of Memphis. She will explore the intriguing topic of controlling oscillations in flow-structure interactions and shed light on mathematics's pivotal role in understanding and manipulating these dynamic phenomena. Refreshments will be provided.

Location: UAH Shelby Center for Science and Technology. Room 107
Date: 02/29/2024 Time: 04:00 pm - 6 pm 


Abstract :

Flow-structure interactions are ubiquitous in nature and in ev eryday life. Flow or fluid by interacting with structural elements can lead to oscillations, hence impacting stability or even safety. Thus problems such as attenuation of turbulence or flutter in an oscillating structure [Tacoma bridge], flutter in tall buildings, fluid flows in flexible pipes, in nuclear engineering flows about fuel elements and heat exchanger vanes are just few prime examples of rel evant applications which place themselves at the frontier of interests in applied mathematics. In this lecture we shall describe mathematical models describing the phenomena, These are represented by a 3 D Euler Equation coupled to a nonlinear dynamic elasticity on a 2 D manifold. Strong boundary-type cou pling at the interface between the two media is at the center of the analysis. This provides for a rich mathematical structure, opening the door to several unresolved problems in the area of nonlinear PDE’s, dynamical systems, re lated harmonic analysis and differential geometry. This talk aims at providing a brief overview of recent developments in the area along with a presentation of some new methodology addressing the issues of control and stability of such structures.