Upcoming Event with Astronomer Gary Chanan ’70 and the Development of the Keck Telescopes – June 24 @ 7 PM EDT

Join us for an event with Yale alum and astronomer Gary Chanan ’70! He will be discussing the development of the Keck telescopes, which play a quintessential role in astronomy research. Register for the event at 7 PM EDT on June 24, 2021 using this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_q75VkKOxTeOi15j1J6euCA

The twin ten-meter Keck Telescopes, with their ground-breaking segmented-mirror technology, revolutionized optical and infrared astronomy, and have become the most scientifically productive telescopes in the world. Yale Science & Engineering Association awardee, Dr. Gary Chanan ’70, will discuss the development of the Keck telescopes, his collaboration with Jerry Nelson, the father of the Kecks, and a projected vision of future segmented telescopes. Dr. Aaron Barth ’90 will moderate this conversation.

This webinar has been produced in partnership with the Yale Science & Engineering Association, and the Yale Alumni Association Shared Interest Groups. By registering for this webinar, you are agreeing to share your email with these groups.

Yale Senior Showcase

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Yale Undergraduate Research Association

The Yale Undergraduate Research Association has announced its first Yale Senior Showcase, to be held online on April 24th and April 25th. The virtual symposium will showcase the work of Yale student researchers in projects from around the world in fields including science and engineering. A detailed agenda and registration link is available.

YSEA is a proud sponsor of the Yale Undergraduate Research Symposium.

For more information, please contact YURS@yale.edu.

YSEA Annual Meeting Slated for April 29, 2021

Due to the pandemic, YSEA will be holding its 2021 Annual Meeting and Networking Event online on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7 PM ET. At the meeting, we’ll:

  • announce the results of the election for 2021-2022 officers and board,
  • recognize the work of outstanding Yale students and YSEA grant winners,
  • meet the leaders of several very interesting student organizations supported by YSEA, and
  • reconnect with fellow alumni, students, faculty, and friends!


This will be a virtual event, but space is limited, so please RSVP soon! (For more details, you can download a PDF of the program.)

Call for Nominations: 2021 YSEA Awards

For more than seventy years, YSEA has recognized distinguished science and engineering alumni through the giving of the annual YSEA Awards. We’ve done pretty well predicting winners of Nobel Prizes and other major prizes via our awards! Our three major YSEA Awards are presented for:


Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for one of our alumni awards? Nominate them now!

Please get your nomination in no later than March 31st for your nominee to be considered for the 2021 awards!

Dean Jeffrey Brock to Provide Yale STEM Update

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Jeffrey Brock, Ph.D.

The Yale Club of Washington invites you to a virtual discussion via Zoom with Jeffrey Brock ’92, Dean of Yale’s School of Engineering & Applied Science and the Yale Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean of Science. Dean Brock will address the latest news related to science and engineering at Yale including campus planning, COVID-19 response projects, science and engineering priorities and strategies, and more. The event will be held on October 29, 2020.

For more information and to register for this virtual event, please visit the Yale Club of Washington’s website.

2020 Yale Undergraduate Research Symposium

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Yale Undergraduate Research Association

YSEA is a proud sponsor of the 2020 Yale Undergraduate Research Symposium, to be held October 23-24, 2020!


Friday, October 23, 2020

  • 6:00 PM – 6:15 PM: Opening Remarks
  • 6:15 PM – 6:30 PM: Keynote Address: Provost Scott Strobel
  • 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Live Session: Basic Sciences
  • 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Live Session: Social Sciences

Saturday, October 24, 2020

  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Live Session: Humanities
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Live Session: Applied Sciences
  • 4:30 PM – 4:45 PM: Awards Address: Professor Thomas Near
  • 4:40 PM – 5:00 PM: Awards Ceremony & Cash Prizes

YSEA Executive Board Meeting

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This meeting includes YSEA’s Board, District Vice Presidents and Special Volunteers.


YSEA Metropolitan District Event at Bar Thalia

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The YSEA Metropolitan District will host a social event in conjunction with the East and Southeast Asia District. Come meet your District VP Elissa Dunn Levy ’09 and East and Southeast Asia District VP Hahn Chou ’04 MEM as we socialize and learn about Yale NUS and how the Yale brand is faring in East and Southeast Asia.

When: November 11 at 7:30 PM

Where: Bar Thalia, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025.  The entrance is off 95th Street, and the bar is in the basement.

Contact Elissa Dunn Levy ’09 for more information.

Yale Energy Sciences Institute: Field and Surface Directed Self-Assembly in Nanostructured Soft-Materials – Approaches for Developing Functional Materials

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Wednesday, November 4, 3:00 PM
West Campus Conference Center Auditorium (800 West Campus Drive)
Refreshments will be served

Associate Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Field and Surface Directed Self-Assembly in Nanostructured Soft Materials – Approaches for Developing Functional Material



Self-assembly of block copolymers and small molecule surfactants gives rise to a rich phase behavior as a function of temperature, composition, and other variables. The ability to precisely control their chemical functionality combined with the readily tunable characteristic length scales (-1-100 nm) of their self-assembled mesophases identifies these systems as a versatile and attractive class of materials. This talk will highlight recent advances in scalable approaches for directing the assembly of soft nanostructured materials, and novel routes for generating highly ordered soft heterostructures. First, we consider the directed self-assembly of such soft mesophases using magnetic fields, principally through the use of in situ x-ray scattering studies. Field alignment is predicated on a sufficiently large product of magnetic anisotropy and grain size to produce magnetostatic interactions which are substantial relative to thermal forces. We examine the role of field strength on the thermodynamics and alignment dynamics of a series of soft mesophases. The ability to produce highly ordered functional materials over macroscopic length scales is demonstrated and we explore the role of alignment and connectivity in controlling anisotropic ionic transport in nanostructured systems. Second, we examine electrospray deposition as a novel tool to generate well-ordered block copolymer thin films in a manner inspired by physical vapor deposition processes used in hard materials. The success of the method relies on slow deposition of sub-attoliter quantities of material delivered in sub-micron droplets produced by electrospray atomization. We demonstrate the ability to continuously deposit thin films with controlled orientation of microstructure, and to assemble heterostructures through sequential depositions of materials.

YSEA Executive Board Meeting

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The September 2015 YSEA Executive Board Meeting will be held:

September 24th, 2015 at 4pm6pm