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Computational Engineering and Sciences

The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) fosters interdisciplinary research and graduate studies for developing high-performance computing solutions to address complex societal problems.
Our Ph.D. program ranks number one in the world according to CWUR.


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Graduate Studies (CSEM)

The Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (CSEM) graduate program is an interdisciplinary program leading to the PhD degree that prepares students for the field of computational and mathematical modeling.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Institute annually offers generous Postdoc fellowships coupled with employee benefits and relocation expense reimbursements. Applications are accepted until Jan. 1 for the following fall semester.

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Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate offerings include summer internships, a certificate program, and a five-year joint degree combining a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a master’s degree in Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.

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ICES News

Caffarelli Shaw Prize Announcement

Caffarelli is first UT Professor to Receive the Shaw Prize

ICES Professor Luis Caffarelli, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Mathematics #1, is a recipient of one of the world’s biggest prizes for mathematics, the 2018 Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences, which comes with a monetary award of $1.2 million. Awarded by the Hong Kong-based Shaw Foundation, the Shaw Prize honors recent breakthroughs by researchers in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, and life science and medicine. Read more.

May 15, 2018

Topcu and Ward MURI grant from DoD

Truly Autonomous Systems is Goal of $7.5 Million Project

Thanks to a $7.5 million Department of Defense grant, ICES researchers are planning for a future when unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have the ability to fly themselves in emergency situations.

An ICES research team of engineers and mathematicians has been selected by the DOD to lead a $7.5 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project aimed at developing artificial intelligence for UAVs. Read more.

April 26, 2018

Karen E. Willcox

UT Hires Next Director of No. 1 Ranked Computational Institute

Karen E. Willcox, co-director of the Center for Computational Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been selected as the new director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin. Her appointment begins Aug. 1.

Willcox will also hold the W.A. "Tex" Moncrief Jr. Endowment in Simulation-Based Engineering and Sciences Chair No. 5, and she will join the university’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics as a tenured professor. Read more.

April 10, 2018

Oden with O'Donnells

After 44 Years of Building Computational Science at UT, ICES Founder and Director Tinsley Oden Steps into New Role

Now, after 44 years of leading ICES and its predecessors, Oden is stepping down from his position as founding director, his contributions celebrated with a reception in his honor by host UT President Greg Fenves and former UT President Faulkner. Read more.

Jan. 24, 2018

Yankeelov TACC viz lab

Tailoring Cancer Treatment to Individual Patients

Attempts to eradicate cancer are often compared to a "moonshot" — the successful effort that sent the first astronauts to the moon.

But imagine if, instead of Newton's second law of motion, which describes the relationship between an object's mass and the amount of force needed to accelerate it, we only had reams of data related to throwing various objects into the air. Read more.

Jan. 4, 2018

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CSEM Student Andrew Wilson
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Andrew Wilson

Andrew’s Ph.D. program races alongside his Olympic swimming dreams. He earned two undergraduate degrees in physics and applied math while swimming into the 2016 Olympic qualifying rounds. He hopes to do the same while pursuing his Ph.D.

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