Keynote Speaker

Izabela Szlufarska, University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA

Izabela Szlufarska

Izabela Szlufarska is a Harvey D. Spangler Professor of Engineering with faculty appointments in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and the Department of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin (UW) – Madison and she is a co-leader of the Computational Materials Group at UW. Szlufarska received PhD degree in physics from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, in 2002 and she joined the faculty at UW-Madison in 2004. Szlufarska’s research is primarily focused in the areas of nanomechanics and materials for nuclear energy applications. Within nanomechanics, her research led to discoveries of new laws of friction in nanoscale contacts and to developments of new theories and models that enable molecular simulations on experimental time scales. In the area of materials for nuclear energy applications, her research is focused on the design of structural materials, including silicon carbide-based technologies. Szlufarska’s awards include an NSF CAREER award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, and Vilas Associate Professorship. She was also placed on the National Academy of Engineering list of Frontiers of Engineering. Among many service activities, Szlufarska serves as an associate editor of the journal “Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science” and she was a chair of the Spring 2016 Materials Research Society meeting.

Presentation Title: Multi-scale modeling of friction and wear

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