Because computational techniques are becoming increasingly important in the design and development
of new materials, there is a need to introduce undergraduate students to computational
techniques as part of the core MSE curriculum. This short course is based on the Summer School
for Integrated Computational Materials Education, which was developed to meet this need. We will
present a set of materials that can be used in an existing undergraduate thermodynamics class
using Thermo-Calc software, and an open-source code for Density-Functional-Theory (DFT) calculations.
The short course includes lectures on the theory behind Thermo-Calc and DFT, a hands-on
session on installing and using the software, and a lab session with computation-based problems.
Participants will be provided with copies of materials and are encouraged to use them in their
courses or assist their colleagues to implement them. Although the focus is on using Thermo-Calc
and DFT codes in an educational setting, it is also appropriate for those interested in learning about
the fundamentals of computational thermodynamics tools and fi rst-principles energy methods for
research and industrial applications.
- Larry K. Aagesen and Kastuyo Thornton, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
- Mark Asta,
Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
University of California, Berkeley
- Paul Mason, Thermo-Calc Software Inc.
Date and Time:
Sunday, March 11, 2012 | 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Member Fee: $475
Nonmember Fee: $525
Late Member Fee: $550
Late Nonmember Fee: $600
How to Register:
Meeting registrants may sign up for this course using the online registration form or register on-site at the registration desk.
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