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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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Hawkins' DNA Barcodes That Reliably Work: A Game-Changer for Biomedical Research says National Academy

In the same way that barcodes on groceries help retailers know what’s in a cart, DNA barcodes help biologists attach genetic labels to biological molecules to do their own tracking during research, including how a cancerous tumor evolves, how organs develop or which drug candidates actually work. Unfortunately with current methods, many DNA barcodes have a reliability problem much worse than a corner grocer’s. They contain errors about 10 percent of the time, making interpreting data tricky and limiting the kinds of experiments that can be reliably done. Read more.

June 21, 2018


Medical Image Analysis Work of Amir Gholaminejad earns UT Austin’s 2018 Outstanding Dissertation Award

An MRI scan of a patient’s brain is currently one of the best sources of information for a neurologist investigating a tumor. The scan shows the location of a tumor, the composition of the tissue, and how it may be entangled with other tissues in the brain, from blood vessels to nerve bundles. It’s the kind of information that is key for the treatment planning. Read more.

June 19, 2018

Sacks BAV research

Sacks Receives $3 Million to Develop Models that Predict Common Congenital Heart Disease

With a new, four-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, ICES Professor Michael Sacks will lead a research team to develop advanced computational models that analyze characteristics directly from clinically-obtained imaging and predict how fast aortic valve disease will occur in cardiovascular patients. Read more.

May 31, 2018

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Jim Chelikowsky's Silicon Studies Reveal the Quantum Workings of Computing's Most Essential Material

Jim Chelikowsky keeps a dinner plate-sized wafer of silicon--his favorite material--in his ICES office as a tangible reminder of his 50-year career end-goal.

"More than a quarter of a million scientific papers have been written about silicon," Chelikowsky said, referring to a number produced by an online database when silicon is searched as a keyword. "For almost any theory in condensed matter physics…you can try it on silicon."

But his slice of work on that silicon wafer involves the nearly imperceptible nanomaterials within it, and how they behave. He is currently funded for
more than $4 million in research in the area. Read more.

May 30, 2018

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

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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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