The “CISMMS Workshop for Collaboration and Exploration”, co-sponsored by MARCC (The Maryland Advanced Research Computing Center) was held on December 12 2018 at Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus.

The event began with the keynote lectures (Session Chair: Dr. Somnath Ghosh) by Dr. Raju Namburu (Chief Scientist, Laboratory Information Technology Lab, Engineering Research and Development Center, US Army) on “Computational Sciences Research Directions for DoD Applications”, followed by Dr. James Warren (Director Materials Genome Initiative, NIST) on The “Materials Genome Initiative and Artificial Intelligence”. Faculty and students from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland gave talks and presentations on topics ranging from Numerical Modeling and Simulations to Use of novel methods like Machine Learning to accelerate Materials Research (Session Chairs: Jaime Combariza and Jamie Guest). The workshop concluded with a Poster Session and a discussion on research readiness and collaborations.


Details of the keynote talks and presentations

Keynote Talks (Session Chair: Somnath Ghosh)

Dr. Raju Namburu, Chief Scientist, Laboratory Information Technology Lab, Engineering Research and Development Center, US Army Title: Computational Sciences Research Directions for DoD Applications

Abstract: The Department of Defense (DoD) relies upon the science and technology to research, develop, and demonstrate critical technology solutions to the challenging problems faced by our Warfighters in multi-domain battlefield. Recently, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering released DoD’s top technology focus areas from 2018 National Defense Strategy. The U.S. Army Modernization Strategy addresses the challenges of the future operational environment and directly supports the 2018 National Defense Strategy’s (NDS) line of effort, and bulk of Army investments over the next five years are slated to support its modernization priorities. To accelerate modernization, development of modeling and simulation tools across Services including data analytics is common theme along these technology and modernization focus areas. This talk will highlight some of the trends in computational sciences research and collaboration opportunities to support DoD’s and Army’s emerging challenges.

Bio sketch: Dr. Namburu is the Chief Scientist for Information Technology Laboratory at the US Army Engineering Research and Development Center. Dr. Namburu is the chief architect in developing computational sciences strategy for the Army Research Laboratory, RDECOM, and DoD HPC Modernization program Dr. Namburu is instrumental in developing and establishing multi-service new computational sciences research programs in blast-structure interactions, multi-scale materials, tactical computing, low power computing, data mining, and mobile network modeling for the Army and DoD. As program manager, Dr, Namburu directed and guided one of the Army’s premier multi-million dollar Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC) for the Department of Army over the last 15 years. Dr. Namburu is the founding Director for DoD Mobile Network Modeling and is instrumental in transitioning software and technologies to various DoD programs including test and evaluation command. Dr. Namburu is working group lead for information systems technology under DoD C4I community of interest and actively involved in developing various activities with OSD under DoD AI strategy. Dr. Namburu obtained his PhD in mechanical engineering from University of Minnesota. Dr. Namburu has more than 100 publications in various journals and refereed papers in international conferences and symposiums in the areas of computational sciences, computational mechanics, scalable algorithms, network modeling and high performance computing. His awards include the Department of the Army Superior Civil Service Award; Army Research Development and Achievement Award 1997, 2001, 2009; and the Army Science best paper awards at the 1998, 2000, and 2002 Army Science Conference. Dr. Namburu is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as well as a member of USACM, and IACM.


Dr. James A. Warren, Director Materials Genome Initiative, NIST Title: The MGI and Artificial Intelligence

Abstract: The US Materials Genome Initiative is now seven years old. With a goal of accelerating the discovery, design, development, and deployment of new materials into manufactured products, the MGI is focused on the creation of a materials innovation infrastructure. My institution, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has framed its support for the MGI around the need for a data infrastructure that enables the rapid discovery of existing data and models, the tools to assess and improve the quality of those data, and finally the development of new methods and metrologies based on that data. In partnership with agencies across the government, academia, and industry, these approaches are now yielding significant advances. Of particular note is the potential for machine learning and artificial intelligence applications upon these troves of data, which is now being borne out, and the vast consequent opportunities for new discoveries.

Bio Sketch: Dr. Jim Warren is a world leader in Materials Genome Initiative, a multi-agency initiative designed to create a new era of policy, resources, and infrastructure that support U.S. institutions in the effort to discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials twice as fast, at a fraction of the cost. In his role as Technical Program Director for Materials Genomics, he works with a government-wide team to build out the materials innovation infrastructure needed to realize the goals of the initiative. His research is broadly concerned with developing both models of materials phenomena, and the tools to enable the solution of these models. Specific foci include solidification, pattern formation, grain structures, wetting, diffusion, and spreading in metals. Dr. Warren got his Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and has been at NIST since 1992 in the Metallurgy Division and its successor the Materials Science and Engineering Division, within the Material Measurement Laboratory. He is also one of the co-founders, and the current Director, of the NIST Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science. In 2010 he helped craft the white paper that launched the Materials Genome Initiative, and since then has been coordinating the national effort while managing the program. Jim has 2nd-degree black belt in Taekwondo, as well as a lot of experience in improvisational theater, and has appeared on stage with very famous jugglers.

Presentations by CISMMS affiliated faculty (Session Chairs: Jaime Combariza and Jamie Guest)

Tim Mueller (MSE),The effective use of data in materials research
Poster: Dr. Liang Cao: The Use of Cluster Expansions to Predict the Structures and Properties of Nanostructured Alloys

Stavros Gaitanaros (CE), Mechanics of Architected Materials

Paulette Clancy (ChemBE), Electronic Materials Discovery and Processing: Algorithm and Code Base Development
Poster: Dr. Henry Herbol: The Physical Analytics pipeline: Bayesian Accelerated Materials Discovery

Mark Robbins (Physics), Friction and fracture from atomic to macroscopic scales
Poster: Dr. Joseph Monti: Dynamic Greens function method

Thomas Gernay (CE), Computational modeling of civil engineering structures at elevated temperature
Poster: Xia Yan and Dr. Shuna Ni: Numerical modeling of steel and concrete structures in fire

Ramani Duraiswami (University of Maryland Computer Science), Fast Multipole Methods (FMM) for Scalable Computational Physics

Nail Gumerov, (University of Maryland Computer Science), Applications of the FMM to problems in Multiphase Flow, Materials Science and Electromagnetics

Mauro Maggioni (AMS) 3 Samples of Statistical Learning for Dynamical Systems in High-Dimensions: Reaction Coordinates, SDE’s on Manifolds, And Particle Systems
Poster: Dr. M. Zhong: Learning Interaction Laws in Heterogeneous Agents Dynamics

Jamie Guest (CE) Topology Optimization Algorithms for High-Resolution Design
Poster: Mr. Misha Osanov: Advanced Engineering Design with Topology Optimization: Coupling Optimization, Mechanics, and Manufacturing to Generate High Performance Design Solutions

Gretar Tryggvason (ME), Numerical Simulations of Fused Filament Fabrication
Poster: Dr. Jiacai Lu: Computations of Complex Multiphase Flows

Rajat Mittal (ME), Cartesian Grid Immersed Boundary Methods for Complex Multiphysics Simulations
Poster: Dr. Jung Hee Seo: Cartesian Grid Immersed Boundary Methods for Complex Multiphysics Simulations

Yannis Kevrekidis (AMS), Reconciling Measurements across Several Sensors: Data Fusion and Nonlinear Observers for Complex Reaction Networks
Poster: Machine Learning for Better Data-Driven Prediction and Optimization of Cell Culture Bioprocess Performance

Michael Shields (CE), Machine learning and reduced order modeling for uncertainty quantification in materials applications and their integration in the new open-source Python UQ toolbox UQpy
Poster: Dr. Dimitris Giovanis: Machine learning and reduced order modeling

Somnath Ghosh (CE), Spatio-Temporal Multi-scale Multi-physics Modeling for Materials, Manufacturing and Multifunctional Applications
Poster: Mr. George Weber and Deniz Ozturk: Four classes of problem domains in Computational Mechanics Research Laboratory (CMRL)

Jaime Combariza MARCC, Advanced Computing Driving Transformative Research at Johns Hopkins University
Poster: Mr. Kevin Manalo: Data Intensive Scientific COmputing (DISCO) Certificate Program

Jaafar El-Awady group Poster: Dr. Yejun Gu: Machine learning and coarse grained simulations of materials


Congratulations to George Weber! He won first prize for his poster at the 14th U. S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics (USNCCM14) in Montreal, Canada. George joined CMRL in 2013 and is a graduate student from the department of Mechanical Engineering. His work is supported through the Center of Excellence on Integrated Materials Modeling (CEIMM) at JHU.

The title of his poster is An image based finite element model for Ni-based superalloys using a two scale constitutive model accounting for morphological distributions of γ’ precipitates’ . Well done!


Thao (Vicky) Nguyen, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and faculty member of CISMMS, has been appointed the Marlin U. Zimmerman, Jr. Faculty Scholar.

A five-year appointment, the Marlin U. Zimmerman, Jr. Faculty Scholarship was endowed by the generosity of Marlin U. Zimmerman, Jr. ’44, to support outstanding Whiting School faculty members.

Nguyen’s research encompasses the biomechanics of soft tissues and the mechanics of active polymers and biomaterials. Her group seeks to develop innovative experimental tools and both theoretical and computational models to investigate the fundamental microscale mechanisms of microstructural origins of the behavior of soft adaptive materials.



Congratulations to Mechanical Engineering PhD student Steven Lavenstein, who is advised by Professor Jaafar El-Awady, for winning a Best Poster Award at the 2017 Physical Metallurgy Gordon Research Conference held at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME, July 23-28. The title of his poster was “”High frequency in situ fatigue of nickel-base superalloy microcrystals.”

We would like to welcome Dr. Amin Aramoon, who recently joined the newly created Software Hub (SofHub), within Johns Hopkins University-Center for Integrated Structure Materials Modeling and Simulations (JHU-CISMMS) as the lead software developer/designer in November 2016.

Dr. Aramoon who holds a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, has been a member of the Johns Hopkins University community since 2012. Upon his arrival in September 2012, he joined Prof. Jaafar El-Awady’s Computational and Experimental Materials Engineering Laboratory (CEMEL) at JHU as a research assistant working on the characterization of properties of epoxy systems from coarse-grained MD simulations.

As Prof. El-Awady’s graduate student, he was an active member of the Center of Excellence on Integrated Materials Modeling (CEIMM), which was funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). He has since then completed his Master’s and Doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering with several scientific publications in international peer reviewed journals.

When asked what he liked about his current position, Dr. Aramoon’s immediate response was, designing new software. In addition, he enjoys the opportunity to work with high quality researchers and collaborating with other institutions. He hopes that the SofHub will help create an engaging platform for the industry as well as academic research groups.

We are happy to have Dr. Aramoon as a member of CISMMS. With his knowledge and expertise, he will play an integral role in providing comprehensive computing support to researchers to translate their state-of-the-art research findings and research codes in a more user-friendly high performance platform for computational mechanics.


Please join us to congratulate Prof. Jaafar El-Awady, our Associate Director, for his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure effective January 1st, 2017. He is currently Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, with a joint appointment at the department of Material Science and Engineering. This news was announced by the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Louis Whitcomb.

Prof. El-Awady received his Bachelors and Masters in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt. He completed his doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a visiting scientist at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, before joining the Mechanical Engineering Department at JHU, in 2010. At JHU, he established the Computational and Experimental Materials Engineering Laboratory (CEMEL) and is the current Director. The main focus of his group is to develop a fundamental understanding of the underlying deformation mechanism in materials.

Prof. El-Awady has received several awards and among them, the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2012, the ASME Materials Division Orr Early Career award in 2014, and recently the competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Award, which recognized the highest level of excellence in early stage researchers. In addition to supporting Dr. El-Awady’s scientific research, this awards also contributes to his involvement to improve STEM achievement in Baltimore elementary public schools. He also provides research experience for undergraduate students from Morgan State University. He is affiliated with HEMI and JHU IDIES Homewood High-Performance Cluster (HHPC) Management Committee.

Image from the White House

On August 2nd, the White house hosted the fifth anniversary of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) ushered in by President Obama, June 24, 2011. This event brought together senior Administration officials from the White House, DoD, DOE, NIST, and NSF, as well as experts from the industry, academia and government. The meeting of the minds discussed the importance of the MGI to the nation and what knowledge can be gained from its early successes as well as possible challenges that could impact this initiative. Among the selected invitees to this event is our own Prof. Somnath Ghosh, the Director of CISMMS.

Read more about the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI)

Congratulations to Reza Yaghmaie for winning the ASCE-EMI Student Paper Competition in Dynamics at the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) Conference, held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, May 22 to May 25, 2016. Reza Yaghmaie, is a graduate student and member of Prof. Somnath Ghosh’s Computational Mechanics Research Laboratory (CMRL).

Reza Yaghmaie receiving his award from Prof. Ivan Au. Prof. Au is the Professor and Chair of Uncertainty, Reliability and Risk for the Centre for Engineering Dynamics at the University of Liverpool’s School of Engineering, in the UK.

Reza’s winning paper entitled, “Multi-Time Scale Coupled Transient Electro-Magnetic and Structural Dynamics Finite Element Analysis for Antenna Simulations”, describes the wavelet induced multi-time scaling computational model using the Jacobian-Free Newton-Krylov algorithm for modeling functional materials with electro-magneto-mechanical couplings. Of special interest are the micro strip patch antennas used in unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) for military applications and monopole broadcasting antennas which appear in mobile satellite communications.

This paper applies the wavelet transformation based multi-time scaling method (WATMUS) for coupled transient electromagnetic nonlinear dynamical mechanical simulations in the finite element framework to overcome the drawbacks in computational modeling aspects which commonly leads to inadequate designs, hence restricting their widespread engineering applications.

Reza was one out of four student finalists whose papers were accepted for an oral presentation in front of the panel of judges for the prestigious EMI 2016 Dynamics Student Competition. The annual ASCE-EMI conference is considered the premier international conference in the field of Engineering Mechanics.


Congratulations to Jiahao! He was selected as one of the six finalists for the 2016 Robert J. Melosh Medal for his work entitled, “A Novel Physics-Based Finite Element Model for Twinning and Deformation Heterogeneity in Polycrystalline Microstructures“. Jiahao has been a member of Prof. Ghosh’s Computational Mechanics Research Laboratory (CMRL), since 2010 at Ohio State University. As one of the top six finalist, Jiahao Cheng attended the symposium held on April 29, 2016 and although Jiahao Cheng was not awarded the medal this year, he received his finalist certificate and was acknowledged for his excellent contribution to the Robert J. Melosh Medal Competition.

The Robert J. Melosh Medal Competition was inaugurated in 1989 to honor Professor Melosh, a pioneering researcher in finite element methods and former chairman of civil and environmental engineering at Duke. After an initial call for submissions, six papers were selected as finalists, and their student authors were invited to participate in the second phase of the competition, a symposium at Duke University.