Users Group Meeting 2018

We invite you to join the 2018 MedeA User Group Meeting September 18th through 20th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The 2018 Materials Design® User Group Meeting will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from the 18th to the 20th of September.  The meeting includes hands-on training session, a technical program dedicated to recent developments in computational materials science, and interactive sessions with MedeA users and Materials Design® personnel. This year’s speakers include:

James Kaduk, Poly Crystallography, Inc., Chicago, IL, USA
Crystal Structures of Large-Volume Pharmaceuticals
Gregor Vonbun-Feldbauer, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
Cluster Expansion - A Versatile Method in Computational Materials Science
Gus Hart, Brigham-Young University, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Machine Learning and Materials Discovery

Clint Geller, Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Multi-scale Multi-physics Materials Modeling in an Engineering Context

Erik Mader, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Palo Alto, CA, USA
EPRI’s Goal of Accelerating the Development of Advanced Reactor Materials using Modeling & Simulation

Leonardo Spanu, Shell Technology Center, Houston, TX, USA
Beyond the Hype: What Can Simulations Still Teach Us About Catalysts
Marianna Yiannourakou, Materials Design, Inc.
Predicting Properties of Fluids with MedeA
Adri van Duin, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Applications of the ReaxFF Forcefield for Identifying Reactive Properties for Complex Materials and Interfaces

Berend Smit, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland and University of California at Berkeley, CA, USA
The Nanoporous Materials Genome in Action


General Agenda: 

Tuesday 18 September: Hands-on MedeA Training followed by a Welcome Cocktail Reception

Wednesday 19 September: Scientific Program & Customer Banquet 

Thursday 20 September: Scientific Program & Technical Discussion


Attend Hands-On Training

Tuesday September 18, from 9am – 5pm, will be dedicated to Hands-on MedeA training.  Computers will be provided for each participant with dedicated staff to guide you through modeling scenarios and provide one-on-one training. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, all participants receive a training manual, and exploration of participant materials and systems and research projects is encouraged.  This training session provides an exclusive opportunity to learn about the MedeA simulation environment and to meet and interact with scientists and developers. 

Network with Peers

The Materials Design® User Group Meeting represents an occasion to meet colleagues and developers, present results, learn about developments in MedeA, and see the latest developments in computational material science and engineering.  We invite you to join the Materials Design® User Group Meeting in Pittsburgh this September. 

Present your Research

The MedeA User Group Meeting is a unique forum for scientific and technical research communication and discussion.  Contact Dr. Erich Wimmer ( if you are interested in presenting your work at this year’s UGM.  Please provide a title for your proposed talk.


The Embassy Suites by Hilton in Downtown Pittsburgh: 

535 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 USA

Negotiated Room Rates: 

We have negotiated a competitive room rate of $179.00 plus tax per night with the Embassy Suites by Hilton.


Conference Registration

Register now to secure your accommodation at the 2018 Materials Design® UGM. Registration for the UGM is free for all current Materials Design® Customers. It includes:  Training, Technical Sessions, Cocktail Reception, Daily Breaks, and the Customer Banquet.  Breakfast and lunch are included September 18-20, 2018.