From eardrums to electromagnetics, Demkowicz hears the problems
A good tool is both robust and accurate; it doesn’t break down easily, or give faulty readings or results. This standard applies to everything from a bathroom scale, or vending machine to a sniper rifle. It also rings true for computer code.
Industry and agencies use computer code to design products and test research in the digital realm. It cuts down and time and cost, and can allow a design to be tested in a variety of conditions. Teams of scientists and engineers at companies are dedicated to implementing codes that work efficiently and represent reality—codes that are robust and accurate. But sometimes, they get stuck. Read more.
It’s no secret that new CSEM graduate Jamie Bramwell was excited to land a job at the prestigious Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Almost everything else about her job, however, remains classified.
The historic collection of national labs, famous for their advancements in nuclear weapon technology during the Cold War, is dedicated to national security research. So it’s understandable that Bramwell can’t reveal exactly what she’ll be doing as an computational engineer at the labs. What she can say is skills she learned at ICES are a critical part of the job. Read more.Posted: May 22, 2013
ICES Professor William Beckner was elected chair of the university's Faculty Council for the academic year 2014-15. The position designates him to serve on the executive committee for three years--as chair-elect for 2013-14, as chair the following year, and as past chair the next year.
The chair presides over the council and serves as a member of the council’s agenda-setting group. The executive committee meets monthly with President Powers to discuss and advise on educational, institutional, and faculty matters. The Faculty Council is responsible for evaluating, monitoring, and recommending all UT Austin undergraduate curricular changes and degree programs. The Faculty Council is comprised of 70 elected faculty members, 7 student members, and 33 ex officio administrative members (without vote). Read more.Posted: May 15, 2013
Richard Tsai, ICES Professor, was awarded a 2013 Simons Fellowship from the Simons Foundation who made the announcement in the New York Times. Simons Fellows receive compensation for a full year of academic leave to focus solely on research. Tsai, associate professor of mathematics, will concentrate on developing theories for a class of novel boundary integral methods defined on Lipschitz implicit interfaces, and their applications.
A committee of distinguished scientists advised the Foundation on selection of applicants. Awards are based on the applicant’s scientific accomplishment in the five-year period preceding the application and on the potential scientific impact of the leave period. The list of recipients was published in the May 7 issue of the New York Times.Posted: May 8, 2013
CSEM Student Ju Liu has won the Robert J. Melosh Medal for the Best Student Paper on Finite Element Analysis. His paper, "A Thermodynamically Consistent Algorithm for Liquid-Vapor Phase Transitions in Complex Geometries," was reviewed by top scholars in computational mechanics and selected based on the quality of both the paper and his oral presentation. Liu’s advisor is ICES Professor Thomas J.R. Hughes.
Three of the six medal finalists were from ICES. The other two finalists were Michael Borden, a postdoctoral fellow, and Ernesto Lima, a CSEM visiting fellow. Read more.Posted: May 8, 2013
Rachel Ward, assistant professor of mathematics and ICES faculty member, received a $360,000 U.S. Air Force Young Investigator grant. The prestigious U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research program seeks to enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators by supporting scientists who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years. Ward’s 3-year grant will support her work in deriving efficient strategies for acquiring high-dimensional data with known low-dimensional structure, driven by applications to Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Uncertainty Quantification.Posted: May 2, 2013