Mechanical engineering graduate student to participate in Los Alamos summer workshop

Beth Placette, a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, will participate in the Los Alamos National Laboratory Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop.

Photo of Beth PlacettePlacette will be working under direct supervision of Dr. Malcolm Andrews, a world-renowned expert on Rayleigh-Taylor mixing and unstable or turbulent fluid flow processes that are critical to the quality of predictions of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile reliability.

The program is highly competitive, with several hundreds of applicants from some of the best universities in the United States and only 20 students admitted.

The Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work directly with leading LANL researchers on the development and application of cutting edge methods in theoretical design and computer, computational, and statistical sciences.

Each student will spend nine weeks at LANL as a guest of a Los Alamos host scientist working on a computational project in the host's area of expertise. In addition, leading researchers from universities and national labs will give a series of informative, enriching lectures for the students. These courses will cover state-of-the-art and emerging computational methods in material modeling and physics.

Placette is currently performing research in area of turbulent mixing under the direction of Dr. Devesh Ranjan, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.