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The PPPL function that reaches out to students, teachers and the general public through programs ranging from student internships to weekly talks on scientific topics from January through April.

COLLOQUIUM: Worlds Seen for the First Time - Ceres and Pluto

This year, planetary spacecraft will visit two significant bodies in the solar system. These bodies are the dwarf planets Ceres and Pluto. Ceres was first discovered in 1801 and thought to be a planet. It was only realized 50 years later that Ceres was a member of a huge number of objects in what we now know as the asteroid belt. The Dawn spacecraft was just captured into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres. After spending more than a year at another asteroid called Vesta and spending 2.5 years finally getting to Ceres.

COLLOQUIUM: Advanced Simulation for Technology Innovation and Science Discovery

I will give an overview of the simulation technologies being developed by ANSYS, the largest provider of simulation software.  This overview will include computational fluid dynamics, structural mechanics and computational electromagnetic field analysis. I will then discuss how these solvers can be coupled together for multiphysics analysis. This will be followed by a number of application examples.


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