[ugrads] Wed 3/29 12:45pm Undergraduate Lunch Seminar: Aaron Luttman, National Nuclear Security Administration; plus 1:50pm research talk

Robert Ellis ellisr at iit.edu
Mon Mar 27 18:29:12 CDT 2017

Reminder: Please respond to the Google Form linked below immediately if you
wish to have lunch (a sandwich) provided at this Wednesday's undergraduate
seminar by Dr. Aaron Luttman.  This seminar is an opportunity to learn
about internships and jobs in National Nuclear Security Administration, and
by extension the kind of internships/jobs that might be available elsewhere
in US Government agencies and labs.

Google Form Lunch RSVP here for Wednesday 12:45pm Aaron Luttman talk
(location TBA)

On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 11:40 AM, Robert Ellis <ellisr at iit.edu> wrote:

> Dear Undergraduates,
> Next Wednesday is a valuable opportunity for undergraduates in Applied
> Math, Physics, and Engineering -- especially Materials Engineering but not
> excluding others -- to hear from Dr. Aaron Luttman about research
> activities and opportunities (internships, graduate studies) at the
> National Nuclear Security Administration.
> Please complete the Google Form RSVP linked below.  All who RSVP will
> receive a follow-up email with the room reservation for the 12:45pm
> undergraduate lunch seminar.  The research talk following at 1:50pm in RE
> 104 is also below.
> Thank you,
> Robert Ellis
> Google Form Lunch RSVP here
> <https://docs.google.com/a/iit.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCXe7rSsDZilSfpkMimpTW23_OQ_TICMWD82MaSp-LGRvCtw/viewform?usp=sf_link#responses>
> *Speaker:* Dr. Aaron Luttman, Manager, Diagnostic Research and Materials
> Studies, Nevada National Security Site
> *Title:*    Mathematical Methods and Modeling in the National Security
> Sciences
> *When:*  Mar 29, 2017 - 12:45pm to 1:45pm
> *Where: *TBA (to be emailed to all who RSVP "Yes")
> *Abstract*
> While most people are familiar with many of the military aspects of
> national security, the scientific enterprise in support of national
> security is less well known. The National Nuclear Security Administration
> (NNSA) is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy
> that oversees the nation’s nuclear security science, from nuclear non- and
> counter-proliferation technologies to nuclear emergency response (like the
> Fukushima disaster in Japan) to the science of maintaining the U.S. nuclear
> weapons stockpile. The NNSA supports a scientific enterprise of more than
> 50,000 scientists, technicians, and engineers, and, in this presentation,
> the speaker will introduce some of the latest scientific developments that
> are underway in support of U.S. nuclear security, including current
> mathematical research associated with the chemistry and physics of dynamic
> material studies, which involves explosively-driven experimentation in
> material science. In addition to some actual mathematical case studies at
> the cutting edge of nuclear security science, the speaker will discuss some
> of the national policies that drive the science as well as how new
> graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can get
> involved in this research through internships and support for graduate
> studies.
> This work was authored by National Security Technologies, LLC, under
> Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25946 with the U.S. Department of Energy and
> supported by the Site-Directed Research and Development Program.
> *Speaker Bio*
> Dr. Aaron Luttman began his professional career at a “dot-com” startup in
> Minnesota, after receiving degrees in mathematics from Purdue University
> and the University of Minnesota. After a detour to Belgium, Aaron returned
> to the U.S. and earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of
> Montana, where his research focused on using image processing techniques
> for studying plant physiology. After 2 years as an assistant professor at
> Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN, and almost 4 years at Clarkson
> University in Potsdam, NY, Aaron joined the Nevada National Security Site
> (NNSS) in 2011 as a Senior Scientist. Since then, he has served as the
> leader for the Signal Processing and Applied Mathematics team, as the North
> Las Vegas representative to the NNSS Research & Development program, and as
> a technical advisor to the NNSA Office of Defense Programs R&D (NA-113) at
> DOE headquarters in Washington, D.C. He is now the manager of the
> Diagnostic Research and Materials Studies group, a team of over 30
> scientists and engineers developing next-generation diagnostic systems for
> stockpile stewardship.
> *Dr. Aaron Luttman Research talk*
> Wed Mar 29th, 1:50pm-2:55pm, RE 104
> *Title:* Quantifying Uncertainties in Inverse Problems: Meaning and
> Usefulness of Error Bars in Large-Scale Inversion
> *Abstract*
> While the U.S. Department of Energy has moved to a scientific paradigm
> driven by modeling and simulation – and in which experimentation is
> motivated primarily by code validation – there is still much to be learned
> by analyzing data directly and extracting information from experimental
> data by solving inverse problems. In order to quantify the uncertainties
> associated with the solutions, however, it is necessary to use statistical
> approaches to formulating the inverse problems and to understand the nature
> of the uncertainties for which such formulations can correctly account. In
> this work we will present data from National Nuclear Security
> Administration X-ray imaging experiments related to the stockpile
> stewardship program, some inverse problems whose solutions inform the
> evolution of our experiments and diagnostics systems, and the challenges
> associated with the Bayesian formalisms used to assign error bars to the
> information extracted. The discussion will include details of the
> experiments themselves, where mathematical data analysts fit into the
> experimental programs, the role of mathematical theory in development of
> analysis techniques, and results demonstrating the efficacy of solving
> statistical inverse problems to drive stockpile stewardship.
> --
> Robert B. Ellis, PhD
> Assoc. Prof., IIT Applied Mathematics
> 10 W 32nd St, E1 208, Chicago, IL 60637
> ellisr at iit.edu
> http://math.iit.edu/~rellis

Robert B. Ellis, PhD
Assoc. Prof., IIT Applied Mathematics
10 W 32nd St, E1 208, Chicago, IL 60637
ellisr at iit.edu
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