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Sarom S. Leang, Ph.D.

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201 Spedding Hall
Ames, IA 50011

sarom.@.si.msg.chem.iastate.edu

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant at
Iowa State University/Ames Laboratory

 

EDUCATION:

 

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Physical Chemistry, Doctoral Studies
Current GPA: 3.51 out of 4.0
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Aug. 2004 – April 2011
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George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Minor in Computer Science
GPA: 3.75 out of 4.0
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Aug. 1998 – May 2004
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RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:
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Postdoctoral
Research Assistant, Dept. of Chemistry
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory
Advisor: Dr. Mark S. Gordon
Area: Computational Quantum Chemistry
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April 2011 - Current
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Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Chemistry
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory
Advisor: Dr. Mark S. Gordon
Area: Computational Quantum Chemistry
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Aug. 2004 – April 2011
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Undergraduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Chemistry
George Mason University
Advisor: Dr. George W. Mushrush
Area: Fuel Instability
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Sept. 2003 – May 2004
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Research Experience for Undergraduates, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory
Advisor: Dr. Kai M. Ho
Area: Molecular Dynamic Simulation of Silicon Clusters
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May 2003 – Aug. 2003
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CURRENT RESEARCH/CODING PROJECTS:
  • GAMESS GPGPU development
  • Microsoft Windows port of GAMESS public release
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
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Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Iowa State University
April 2011 - Current
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Teaching Assistant, Iowa State University
whitespacePhysical Chemistry Jan. 2005 – May 2005
whitespaceGeneral Chemistry Aug. 2004 – Dec. 2004
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Teaching Assistant, George Mason University
 
whitespaceWeb Development May 2002 – May 2003
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Academic Assistant, George Mason University
 
whitespaceGeneral Chemistry Tutor Aug. 1999 – Aug. 2000
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PAPERS
  1. Pruitt, S.; Leang, S. S.; Xu, P.; Federov, D.; Gordon, M. S. Comp. Theor. Chem. (2013) Submitted
  2. Zahariev, F.; Leang, S. S.; Gordon, M. S. Functional Derivatives of Meta-Generalized Gradient Approximation (meta-GGA) Type Exchange-Correlation Density Functionals, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 24408 (2013) (link)
  3. Leang, S. S.; Zahariev, F.; Gordon, M. S. Benchmarking the Performance of Time-Dependent Density Functional Methods, J. Chem. Phys. 136, 104101 (2012) (link)
    • Most-Accessed Article Q1 2013 #3
    • Most Downloaded May 2013 #7 (link)
    • Most Downloaded March 2013 #8 (link)
    • Most Cited Article Published in 2012 #1 (link)
    • Most Downloaded March 2012 #1 (link)
  4. Sok, S.; Gordon, M. S. A Dash of Protons: A Theoretical Study on the Hydrolysis Mechanism of 1-Subsituted Silatranes and their Protonated Analogs, Comp. Theor. Chem. 987, 2 (2011) (link)
  5. Sok, S.; Willow, S. Y.; Zahariev, F.; Gordon, M. S. Solvent-Induced Shift of the Lowest Singlet pi-pi* Charge-Transfer Excited State of p-Nitroaniline in Water: An Application of the TDDFT/EFP1 Method, J. Phys. Chem. A 115, 9801 (2011). (link)
  6. Yoo, S.; Zhariev, F.; Sok, S.; Gordon M.S. Solvent Effects on Optical Properties of Molecules: A Combined Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory/Effective Fragment Potential Approach, J. Chem. Phys. 129, 14412 (2008). (link)
  7. Luedtke, W. D.; Landman, U.; Chiu, Y.-H.; Levandier, D. J.; Dressler, R. A.; Sok, S.; Gordon, M. S. Nanojets, Electrospray, and Ion Field Evaporation: Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Laboratory Experiments, J. Phys. Chem. A, 112, 9628 (2008). (link)
  8. Sok, S.; Mushrush, G. W. Fuel Instability and the Concentration of Organic Nitrogen Compounds in a Middle Distillate Fuel from Thailand, J. Undergraduate Chem. Res., 3, 35 (2004) (link)
PRESENTATIONS
  1. Sok, S. No Correlated Electron Left Behind, Final Defense, Iowa State University, April 29, 2011. (talk) (link)
  2. Sok, S.; Slipchenko, L. V.; Gordon, M. S. Interfacing the Effective Fragment Potential Method with Coupled-Cluster Theory, 237th American Chemical Society National Meeting. Salt Lake City, UT, March 2009. (poster)
  3. Sok, S.; Yoo, S; Zhariev, F.; Gordon, M. S. Exciting GAMESS: The Performance of a Family of Time-Dependent Density Functional Methods, Air Force Office of Scientific Research Contractor’s Meeting in Molecular Dynamics. McLean, VA, May 2008. (poster)
  4. Sok, S.; Yoo, S; Zhariev, F.; Gordon, M. S. Optical Properties in Aqueous Solution Using the TDDFT/EFP1 Method, 235th American Chemical Society National Meeting. New Orleans, LA, April 2008. (poster)
  5. Sok, S.; Gordon, M. S. Theoretical Study on the Hydrolysis Mechanism of 1-Subtituted Silatranes in the Gas Phase, 234th American Chemical Society National Meeting. Boston, MA, August 2007. (talk)
  6. Sok, S.; Gordon, M. S. Multiconfigurational Study of Tetrasilacyclobutadiene Cobalt Complex, 234th American Chemical Society National Meeting. Boston, MA, August 2007. (poster)
  7. Sok, S.; Gordon, M. S. Hydrolysis of Silicon Atranes, Mark S. Gordon Symposium on Practicing Chemistry with Theoretical Tools. Maui, HI, January 2007. (poster)
  8. Sok, S.; Gordon, M. S. Ab initio Calculations of Iodide Solvated Formamide Clusters: An Attempt in Understanding Experimental Results by Playing with GAMESS, Air Force Office of Scientific Research Contractor’s Meeting in Molecular Dynamics. Arlington, VA, June 2006. (poster)
  9. Sok, S.; Ho, K. H. Molecular Dynamic Simulation of SixOy Clusters Using a Classical Potential, 227th American Chemical Society Meeting. Anaheim, CA, March 2004 (poster)
ACADEMIC HONORS & AWARDS:
NON-ACADEMIC HONORS & AWARDS:
  • Sung to by Klaus Ruedenberg, "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow", 2009
  • Vision Award in Leadership - 2004
  • Leadership Award presented by the Office of Student Activities - 2002
  • Leadership Award presented by the Office of Diversity Programs and Services - 2002
MEMBERSHIP:
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Chemical Society
  • National Organization for Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (Midwest Region)
  • Alpha Chi National Honor Society
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Delta, Epsilon Delta Chapter, International Honor Society
  • Cambodian Student Society, 1998 – 2004
LEADERSHIP:
  • Vice Chair of the Council of Umbrellas (elected), 2002
  • President of the Science & Technology Umbrella (elected), 2001 - 2002
  • Vice President of the International Students Umbrella (elected), 2000 - 2002
  • Treasurer & Web Designer for the Chemistry Club, 2000
  • Secretary of the International Students Umbrella, 1999
ACTIVITIES:
  • Score keeper - Science Bowl, 2007 - 2008
  • Mentor & tutor for the Early Identification Program Summer Academy (Minority Achievement Program), 1999 - 2004
Last Updated: June 8, 2013