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ICES Feature Stories

Wheeler Advancing “Digital Oil Field” at Center for Subsurface Research Wheeler Advancing “Digital Oil Field” at Center for Subsurface Research

The soaring productivity of oil and gas from hydraulic fracturing wells depends in large part on advancements in the “digital oil field,” according to a recent Wall Street Journal article that said computational technology is driving the output per shale drilling rig to rise by more than 20 percent a year.

“‘The cloud’ will be just as much of an economic accelerant for shale as it has been for other complex and distributed industries,” wrote Mark Mills, a senior fellow at the domestic policy think tank the Manhattan Institute in an editorial for the paper. Read more.

Posted: April 20, 2017
ICES Ranked No. 1 for Interdisciplinary Applications of Mathematics ICES Ranked No. 1 for Interdisciplinary Applications of Mathematics

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ranked The University of Texas at Austin number one in the world in the discipline “Mathematics: Interdisciplinary Applications,” the academic area addressed by the university’s Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES). Read more.

Posted: April 12, 2017
 Prolific author Juan Bello-Rivas Receives 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award  for Advancing Molecular Movement Simulations Prolific author Juan Bello-Rivas Receives 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award for Advancing Molecular Movement Simulations

CSEM Alumnus Juan M. Bello-Rivas has won the ICES 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award for advances in the computational simulation of molecular dynamics.

The applied mathematician from Spain focused his dissertation on modifying a statistical mechanic theory and algorithm called Milestoning that was originally developed by Ron Elber, his advisor in the CSEM program. Read more.

Posted: March 21, 2017
Tinsley Oden at 80:  Keen insights from a long career Tinsley Oden at 80: Keen insights from a long career

As a sophomore in engineering at Louisiana State University Tinsley Oden, ICES director, says he remembers rushing out of his dynamics class to shoot arrows and swing pendulums.

He calculated the arrows’ initial velocity based on how far they went, and determined the frequency of pendulums based on their mass and length. These simple experiments cemented in Oden the power of mathematics to explain the world.

“The fact that through the process of the human mind, using mathematical abstractions, you could actually write down how natural systems would behave was a great revelation to me. I became infatuated with it,” said Oden. Read more.

Posted: March 8, 2017
CSEM Student Tim Smith first learned as an intern what was possible with computational tools CSEM Student Tim Smith first learned as an intern what was possible with computational tools

Mechanical engineering students at UT are sometimes called ‘etcetera engineers.’

That’s partly because the mechanical engineering building—called the Engineering Teaching Building II—is often abbreviated to ETC. But it’s mainly because of the breadth of topics the field encompasses and opportunities it enables.

Tim Smith, a summer 2013 Moncrief Undergraduate Summer Intern, and a 2014 UT mechanical engineering grad, embraced the etcetera as a student. He worked as an facilities engineer intern for BHP Billiton in Houston, and helped ICES professor Michael Sacks construct computational heart models as an ICES summer intern. Read more.

Posted: Jan. 17, 2017