DescriptionWEP Alumni Lecture Series was launched in year 2011. This year we are welcoming four of our alumni from around the world to come back and present their work to current students, faculty and the whole KAUST community. We are also delighted to announce that the president Dr. Chameau will host an afternoon tea event following the lectures. Program Opening remarks, 2.00-2.05pm Dr. Brian Moran, Dean of Graduate Affairs ----------------------------------------- What's the Antimatter With You? 2.05-2.30pm Muhammed Sameed Does antimatter really exist, or is it just science fiction? In 2010, scientists at the ALPHA experiment at CERN created and trapped their first cold antihydrogen atom. At the end of 2014, these same scientists plan to shine lasers at the trapped antihydrogen and probe its unique spectroscopic properties. In this lecture, we will explore the origins of antimatter, where it comes from, how it is made in the lab and its potential uses in industry and medicine. We will also show never-seen-before footage of the upgraded ALPHA-2 machine, turning on, trapping particles and shedding new light on the antimatter question. Will we witness the discovery of the decade? Let's see! ----------------------------------------- New Perspectives for Soft Robot Bodyware and its dynamic properties, 2.30-3.00pm Xuance Shou Many recent designs of soft robots and nano robots feature locomotion mechanisms that cleverly exploit slipping and sticking phenomena. These mechanisms have many features in common with peristaltic locomotion found in the animal world. This lecture examines locomotion mechanisms that exploits friction. With the help of a model that captures most of the salient features of locomotion, we show how locomotion featuring stick-slip friction is more efficient than a counterpart that only features slipping. Our analysis also provides a framework to establish how optimal locomotion mechanisms can be selected. ----------------------------------------- Lost at Sea: Studying Fish Movements Without Gills of Our Own, 3.00-3.30pm Camrin Braun In collaboration with Professor Berumen's Reef Ecology Lab at KAUST, KAUST Alumni Dr. Camrin Braun travels worldwide to tag and track fish to better understand the drivers of their movements. In this lecture Camrin explores the relationship between the movements of large, open ocean fishes (like Mako sharks and swordfish) and the physical, chemical, and biological environment they experience in the marine environment. Camrin Braun and his collaborators find themselves bolting satellite tags to the fins of great white sharks in the Atlantic and fixing tiny computers to giant manta rays on beautiful coral reefs. For many of their expeditions they have sailed, paddled, motored, and swam their way through the Saudi Arabian and Sudanese waters of the Red Sea as well as the North Atlantic, South Pacific, and Coral Sea. These experiences and the data captured from these animals are revolutionizing what we know about the ocean's largest fish. In addition, this work enables us to advise improved management of fish populations and to promote sustainable harvest of fish for years to come. http://vimeo.com/97893742 http://vimeo.com/58244672 ----------------------------------------- How to create a company from scratch: A success story, 3.30-4.00pm Luisa Javier This lecture will describe the evolution of a Multilevel Marketing Company (MLM) from the beginning, in order to explain the different stages that a start-up has to go through before starting solid and planned operations. Our Technology Sin Acqua is pure liquid technology. We have reached a stage where not only we clean cars without using water, but homes and some specific sectors of the food, oil and health industry. Our products are powerful cleaners but harmless to the environment. Each one of them is organic based and leaves dust-free protected surfaces. Our Network The network is starting to work and final users buy the product from our trained associates. We were expecting to reach six cities in the next 5 years. However we already have associates from more than six different cities all over the country. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh0hK1ZjzcGJluK0WfwFthQ http://www.flipsnack.com/F6578C8F8D6/fzk34ppk ----------------------------------------- President’s Afternoon Tea Reception 4-5pm (By invite only)
Camrin is fascinated by marine life of our planet. In 2010, he joined a team of experts who employ cutting edge techniques to understand the world’s most important fish. Since, his expeditions have ranged from sailing the remote Pacific to understand coral reefs to tagging sharks in Sudan. In 2012, Camrin joined KAUST to pursue a master’s degree in marine science where he used animal tagging to explore manta ray ecology in the Red Sea. He is now pursuing his doctoral degree in Oceanography at MIT. www.whoi.edu/people/cbraun
Luisa Javier was born in Mexico City. Her bachelor's degree is in Industrial Engineering from ITESM Mexico and she successfully completed a master's degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in 2011. Her master thesis topic was the "Effect of Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS) and Tween 80 surfactants on Cell Viability in an Air?Cathode Microbial Fuel Cell". She has lived and studied in the U.S., France and Saudi Arabia. In the present-day, she is the CEO of a start-up multilevel marketing company, working with a team of KAUST Alumni. www.sinacqua.com.mx
Sameed is a physicist at CERN working on the laser spectroscopy of antihydrogen with the ALPHA experiment. Born and raised in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Sameed completed his high school in Pakistan and subsequently left the country in pursuit of higher education. He has a Bachelors in Physics and Mathematics from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and a Masters in Materials Science and Engineering from KAUST in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A certified CERN Guide, Sameed is eager to talk about life at the world’s largest physics laboratory and is willing to arrange tours of CERN for members of the KAUST community.
Xuance Zhou received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2009.His undergraduate degree program featured one year of studies at Korea University in Seoul. Subsequently, he received his M.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in 2010. At KAUST, he worked on the micro bubble collisions. For his Ph.D. studies at the University of California at Berkeley, he is working on the development and analysis of a model for soft robot. His broader research interests lie in the modeling, analysis and understanding of interesting dynamical phenomena. http://dynamics.berkeley.edu/people.html
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