International students visit Texas A&M for IIMEC Winter School

IIMEC Winter School workshop group photoGraduate students and post-docs from several countries, including Turkey, Tunisia, France, Greece and Cyprus, as well as from Texas A&M University attended a "Winter School" workshop hosted by the International Institute for Multifunctional Material for Energy Conversion (IIMEC).

The students were on campus January 8 to 17. The goal of the Winter School was to introduce students to some of the most important methods in the computational material science toolkit. Attendees learned with some of the leading experts in the field, including researchers from Texas A&M as well as from Arts et Métiers ParisTech, LEM3 ParisTech, University Duisburg–Essen and the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

The lead organizer of the school was Dr. Raymundo Arroyave, faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The IIMEC Winter School was sponsored by the National Science Foundation. IIMEC is led by Dr. Dimitri Lagoudas from the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Texas A&M Engineering faculty presenters and organizers included Arroyave; Lagoudas, Dr. Darren Hartl and Dr. Amine Benzerga from aerospace engineering; Dr. Tahir Cagin from the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering. These  faculty members are also members of the Materials Science and Engineering Program (MSEN) at Texas A&M, currently chaired by Dr. Ibrahim Karaman.

The Winter School exposed students to the latest developments in the field and gave the international students an IIMEC classroomopportunity to experience a taste of Texas with some dinners and field trips.

Philippe Vignal, an international Ph.D. student who attended the Winter School, said he was "thankful for what I learned in the Winter School. The logistics of the events were impressively done, everything was really well handled.”

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