C.C. Mei Distinguished Speaker Series


The talks will be held on Mondays 4-5 pm except if otherwise noted below.  
Refreshments will be served preceding the talks at 3:30 pm.
Location 1-190
Faculty Organizer: Lydia Bourouiba: lbouro@mit.edu                                                                                                                                         Administrative Contact

03/09/2015 Prof. Henri Van Damme ESPCI-ParisTech and MSE2, MIT-CNRS From sand castles to urban modeling: A physicist's naive thoughts on construction and cities Vernacular architecture,
urban physics,
03/30/2015 Prof. Emmanuel   Villermaux  Université de Provence and Institut Universitaire de France Explosive fragmentation Explosions,
thin films,
Prof. Alessandro Vespignani Northeastern University Physics Department Modeling and forecast of contagion phenomena in the age of big data Complex networks, network theory,
big data,
FALL 2015
09/21/2015  Prof. Michael Zhang University of California Davis From individual behavior to COLLECTIVE DYNAMICS:  modeling the control of congestion waves in highway networks
Traffic congestion, flow control, driver behavior, queuing networks  Youtube
Prof. Chris Field
Stanford University

Climate change: mapping the problem space and the opportunity space 

Climate change, risk management  Youtube

10/05/2015 Prof. Harry L. Swinney
University of Texas at Austin Universality in nature
Instability, pattern formation, dynamical systems  Youtube
10/19/2015 Prof. Simon Levin Princeton University The challenge of sustainability Sustainability, modeling, public goods, economics, ecology  Youtube
03/28/2016 Prof. Huajian Gao
Brown University

Mechanics as an enabling tool in bioinspired materials and biological interactions of nanomaterials

Mechanics and materials, fracture amorphous alloys, metallic glasses, lithium ion battery
04/04/2016 Prof. Mimi A. R. Koehl
University of California, Berkeley
Swimming and crawling in a turbulent world
Swimming, turbulence, biofluiddynamics, benthic boundary layer, biomechanics
04/23/2016Prof. L. Pamela CookUniversity of 
Non-newtonian fluids and the mathematics of surfactant fluidsFluids, mathematics, surfactant fluids

Prof. James M. Hughes Emory University School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health Reflections on emerging microbial threats Emerging infections, antimicrobial resistance, transmission, One Health, SARS, MERS  Youtube

Prof. Steve Weiner

Weizmann Institute of ScienceThe complex 3D hierarchical organization of bone: surprising structure-function relationsFIB-SEM 3D image reconstruction, embedded geometrical motifs, two different bone materials Youtube
FALL 2016          
10/17/2016    Prof. Luis Amaral   Northwestern
Traveling reports from an "illegal alien":  crossing into scientific domains without a degreeComplex Systems, Data Science, Modeling 
10/24/2016Prof. Jacob IsraelachviliUniversity of
California Santa 
Dynamic (non-equilibrium, rate, time, and history-dependent) adhesion and rupture forces in material, soft matter and biological systemsNon-equilibrium interaction forces 
10/31/2016Prof. S. Travis WallerUniversity of New South WalesRepresenting information and adaptivity in transportation network planning  

02/27/2017            Prof. Costas Synolakis    University of Southern California Tsunami hydrodynamics,  Coastal engineering, Fukushima Youtube
03/06/2017        Prof. Ashok GadgilLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryInventing environmental technologies for the bottom of the pyramid: some lessons learntWater treatment, Technology placement, BoP, Systems thinking , Energy efficiency
04/10/2017Prof. Ruben KretzschmarETH ZurichSpeciation and biogeochemical cycling of arsenic in a minerotrophic peak wetland Arsenic, Speciation, Redox, Wetlands, PeatRestricted access: recording only available to the current MIT community.
 04/24/2017    Prof. Emanuela Del GadoGeorgetown UniversitySoft matter in construction: computational statistical physics of sustainable cements 
Amorphous solids, Microstructure, Non-linear mechanics, Cement gels, Jammed soft solids 
Fall 2017     
 10/02/2017    Prof. George SugiharaUCSDUnderstanding nature holistically  
Spring 2018     
 03/19/2018Prof. Nadine AubryNortheastern University   
 04/23/2018Prof. Serge Hoogendoorn    TU Delft   
 05/14/2018Prof. Howard StonePrinceton