Dr. Padhu Seshaiyer, a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, will give a talk on “Research and Education using STEM based approaches for modeling, analysis and simulation of biological, bio-inspired and engineering systems”. He will present on Friday, September 29 at 11 am in the NCSA auditorium. Please join us for a brief reception at 10:30 am in the atrium followed by the colloquium in the auditorium.
Title: Research and Education using STEM based approaches for modeling, analysis and simulation of biological, bio-inspired and engineering systems
Abstract: In the last decade, there have been dramatic advances in our understanding to model, analyze and simulate fundamental mechanisms underlying biological, bio-inspired and engineering systems. Some examples of multidisciplinary applications that arise in such areas include understanding why aneurysms rupture, how zika spreads, modeling micro-air vehicles, studying social dynamics to creating practical solutions to stop poaching of elephants in Africa. Coupled with this research agenda is also a greater need to engage the next generation STEM workforce in such real-world problem solving. In this talk, participants will learn about STEM based research and educational frameworks that not only helps to enhance pedagogical practices of educators but also provides opportunities for students at all levels to engage in multidisciplinary problem solving.
Bio: Dr. Padhu Seshaiyer is a tenured Professor of Mathematical Sciences at George Mason University and serves as the Director of the STEM Accelerator Program in the College of Science as well as the Director of COMPLETE (Center for Outreach in Mathematics Professional Learning and Educational Technology) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. His research interests are in the broad areas of computational mathematics, scientific computing, computational biomechanics and STEM education. During the last decade, Dr. Seshaiyer initiated and directed a variety of educational programs including graduate and undergraduate research, K-12 outreach, teacher professional development, and enrichment programs to foster the interest of students and teachers in STEM at all levels. His research includes the development of new analytical techniques and efficient computational algorithms to obtain numerical solutions to differential equations describing multi-physics interactions. His research in Computational biomechanics includes developing, extending and applying mathematics for the purposes of better understanding the physiology and pathophysiology of the human vascular system. Integrated with the research plan is an education plan where the primary goal is to teach students and teachers at all levels to apply well-developed research concepts, to fundamental applications arising in STEM disciplines.