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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Undergraduate Research

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February 27, 2018 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Undergraduate Library, David Adamany Bernath Auditorium | Map
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Office of the Vice President for Research invites the campus community to the SciComp@Wayne seminar series, aimed at exploring all aspects of scientific computing. Topics include the handling of very large, distributed, and/or diverse data sets; the use of advanced computer architectures; and innovative algorithmic approaches.  Advances in scientific computing are not only vital to the conduct of modern domain sciences, but also are growing drivers of commercial activity. Leaders in the field of scientific computing, both computer and domain scientists, will present cutting edge results to researchers at Wayne State in this essential seminar series.

The next seminar in this series will be on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Bernath Auditorium. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested.

Guest speaker, Steve Mrenna, Ph.D., Fermilab, will present, "Tuning Event Generators at the Energy Frontier."

Dr. Mrenna is currently a Scientist II in the Scientific Computing Division at the Fermi National Accelerator Center. He received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame and Ph.D. in Physics from the Johns Hopkins University. 


The computational physics tools known as event generators are a central part of analyzing and interpreting data collected at energy frontier experiments. Dr. Mrenna will discuss the interplay between these tools and the results obtained at the Large Hadron Collider, such as the discovery of the Higgs boson and the measurement of the top quark mass.

A reception will immediately follow the seminar.

For more information about this event, please contact Kayla Watson at 3135775600 or