A special talk with Dr William Lee, University of Portsmouth and Dr Christopher Hendon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
William: While mathematics isn't the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about making better coffee, some progress has been made by my research group in developing mathematical models that can be used to predict the quality of brewed coffee. I will discuss how mathematicians go about constructing and analysing models of industrial processes using the brewing of coffee as an example.
Christopher: Consistency is one of the major challenges for any specialty industry. In specialty coffee the problem is compounded because of uncertainty in each cup. This section of the talk will detail some chemical and physical considerations that amount to making reproducible and flavorsome coffee.
is a mathematician who specialises in developing mathematical models of industrial processes. He has worked with multinational companies such as Philips, Analog Devices and J&J, but also collaborates with smaller companies and startups. His work on the mathematics of bubbles in beer and brewing coffee has been described by the Economist, the BBC and the Wall Street Journal. He joined the University of Portsmouth in 2016 to set up an Industrial Mathematics research group.
Christopher Hendon is a computational chemist presently working at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He gained his BSc at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), his PhD at the University of Bath, and then joined his present position at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015. In July 2017 Christopher will begin his tenure-track assistant professorship at the University of Oregon. His research interests are primarily in the modeling of solid-state materials for energy capture and conversion, with a special interest in amorphous porous structures. His interest in coffee came for the marriage of his work in amorphous materials chemistry. Christopher works extensively with the Specialty Coffee Association.
This event is organised to celebrate British Science Week and is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics at the University of Portsmouth
Date: Thursday 16 March 2017
Venue: Park Building, Room 2.07, King Henry I Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DY