Elena G. Strekalova

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Elena G Strekalova
MIT
Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering
77 Massachusetts Avenue
room 1-382
Cambridge, MA 02142
USA

email: elenas@MIT.edu


Curriculum Vitae

Personal

Citizenship:  United States.
Languages:  English, Russian, French.


Area of specialty

Statistical Physics
Computational modeling
Computer simulations and analytic theories


Skills

UNIX/Linux, Mac OSX, Windows NT/XP,
VPython, C, Unix shell scripting, HTML,
Gnuplot, Mathematica, Photoshop, LaTeX,
Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics simulations,
Supercomputers: Carried out massive simulations
on IBM BladeCenter Linux Cluster
and multi-core SGI computer clusters.


Educational Background

2012

 PhD in Physics

| Boston University

2011

 MA in Physics

| Boston University

2006

 MS in Chemistry, summa cum laude

| University of Massachusetts Boston

2006

 BS in Chemistry, summa cum laude

| University of Massachusetts Boston

2006

 BS in Physics, summa cum laude

| University of Massachusetts Boston

2006

 Biology Minor, summa cum laude

| University of Massachusetts Boston

Honors, Awards and Fellowships

2011

Provost Award, Science and

| Boston University

Engineering poster competition

2006

University Honors

| University of Massachusetts Boston

2006

Departmental Honors in

| University of Massachusetts Boston

Physics and Chemistry

2005

Ethel and Herman Rosansky

| University of Massachusetts Boston

Chemistry Scholarship

2004

ACS award in Analytical Chemistry

| University of Massachusetts Boston

2004

Undergraduate Summer

| Princeton University

Research Fellowship

2003

Litton Industries Merit Scholarship

| University of Massachusetts Boston

2003

Women Merit Scholarship

| University of Massachusetts Boston

2002

Director's List for consistent

| University of Massachusetts Boston

−2006

summa cum laude performance

2001
−2006

Dean's list

| University of Massachusetts Boston




Professional Activities


May 2012
−present

Postdoctoral Associate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

• Apply density functional theory (DFT) to gain insights into physical properties of disordered mesoporous materials, such as cement.


Fall 2012

Lecturer

University of Massachusetts Boston

•  Developed and implemented the Honors Program 200-level course: “Science: in the Universe, Nature, Art and Daily Life”.

•   Teach honors students the important concepts in current science and technology with the objectives:

-  to expose students to the background of scientific innovations
  and important historical events that revolutionized our life.

-  to teach students to read and understand scientific literature.

-  to teach students to communicate scientific ideas to the
  general public.

-  to help students to develop blackboard and presentation skills.


2004−present

Science Interpreter

Museum of Science, Boston

•  My mission: transforming America's relationship with science and technology by engaging visitors in subjects of biological optical effects of thin-film through interpretations and answering questions about butterflies.

•  Trained 20+ volunteers and interns to work in the Butterfly Garden exhibit.

•  Developed educational materials for the exhibit.

•  Improved exhibit functionality by solving technical problems.

2007−2012

Research Assistant

Boston University

•  Wrote an efficient C code Monte Carlo simulations with Wolff cluster algorithm of the 2D coarse-grained model of water confined in a fixed matrix of particles to study liquid polyamorphism. The program allows to simulate more than 160,000 water molecules within 24 hours.

•  Demonstrated the crucial effects of the structure of the confinement on liquid-liquid phase transition by using Discrete Molecular Dynamics simulations of the 3D spherically symmetric ramp potential model of water confined in a fixed matrix of particles.

•  Reinforced the knowledge of the nature of the phase transitions in confined water by finite size scaling of the thermodynamic response functions and the 4th-order cumulants.


2007−2008

Courses Instructor

Museum of Science, Boston

•   Helped the elementary school children to rediscover physics, chemistry and biology by observing live butterflies.


2006−2007

Teaching Fellow

Boston University

•  Led discussion sections and labs in conjunction with undergraduate courses.

•  Explained difficult concepts and prepared engaging presentations.


2004−2006

Teaching Assistant and Lab instructor

University of Massachusetts Boston

•  Taught general and organic chemistry laboratories.

•  Developed blackboard and presentation skills.


2003−2004

Medical Research Assistant

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary,
Boston

•  Investigated the benefits of Gelfilm Myringoplasty.

•  Worked with patients' medical records and databases.

•  Learned handling sensitive and confidential information.

•  Acquired skills in developing productive working relationships in team environments.



Invited Talks and Presentations

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Talk, 2012 Annual MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub: Research Progress Update for Industry and Key Stakeholders | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (September 27, 2012)


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Invited talk, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center | Museum of Science, Boston, MA (April 28, 2012)


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Talk at APS March Meeting 2012 | Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA (February 29, 2012)


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Invited talk, Shapiro Family Science Live! Stage | Museum of Science, Boston, MA (February 15, 2012)


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Seminar speaker, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (January 30, 2012)


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Colloquium speaker, Department of Physics | University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA (December 7, 2011)


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Poster at Perspectives and Challenges in Statistical Physics and Complex Systems for the Next Decade | Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, (November 10, 2011)


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Seminar speaker, Department of Physics | Boston University (October 19, 2011)


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Poster at Horizons in Emergence and Scaling | Boston University (March 18, 2011)


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Poster at Water & Aqueous Solutions Gordon Research Conference | Holderness, NH (August 10, 2010)


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Seminar speaker, Department of Chemistry | University of Massachusetts Boston (March 8, 2005)


Interests

 Tango,  Piano,  Scuba diving,  Skiing,  Travel,  Photography


Multicultural

 Studied in Russia (10 years), France (3 years)


Contact Address:
— MIT, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA —

Last update on September 28, 2012