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Lehigh University hosts the Tiger-Hen-Hawk Rheology Symposium on Saturday, May 9, 2015


The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering hosted the 13th Tiger-Hen-Hawk Rheology Symposium on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in the Rauch Business Center. Attending the symposium were faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from the University of Delaware, City College of New York and Carnegie Mellon University and also industrial participants from Anton Paar and TA Instruments. The symposium was supported by generous donations from Anton Paar, TA Instruments and Xigo Nano Tools.

The symposium focuses on the use of rheology in the characterization of emerging materials and has been held throughout the years since 1993 in rotation at Princeton and University of Delaware. The key organizers for this year's symposium were Professor Kelly Schultz and Professor James Gilchrist from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Lehigh. The symposium was well attended by 21 undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs, 7 faculty and 4 industrial participants.

The aim of this symposium is to feature new work of graduate students. Students are chosen by their advisor to give 20 minute talks and all students are invited to present posters. During the poster session faculty, students and industry are able to discuss research results and future ideas. Anton Paar donated prizes for the poster session and the two students that received the Best Poster Awards were Ryan P. Murphy (graduate student advised by Norman Wagner at UD) and Mark Schumm (undergraduate student advised by Kelly Schultz at Lehigh) The symposium also features a keynote speaker. The distinguished speaker this year was Professor Lynn Walker from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and her talk was titled, “Shear Oriented Block Copolymer Crystals and Nanocomposites”. Professor Walker received her PhD from the University of Delaware and was an attendee at the first Tiger-Hen-Hawk Symposium. She is activity in the rheology and fluid dynamics communities and has received many awards including the NSF CAREER and DuPont Young Professor award.

This meeting is a wonderful opportunity for rheologist from several geographically close universities to come together and share recent research results. The goal of this meeting is to continue to foster relationships within the local rheology community and give students a unique opportunity to interact with some of the leading scientists in the field.

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