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Five Receive Grand Challenge Awards

Five faculty received ICES’ 2013 W. A. "Tex" Moncrief Grand Challenge Awards, based on their highly compelling research proposals related to the Grand Challenges in computational engineering and sciences that affect the competitiveness and international standing of the nation. ICES will provide these faculty with necessary resources to cover release time from teaching for one or more semesters to work on their research. Stipends of up to $75,000 per award per semester are provided to cover salary and other expenses.

Jim Chelikowsky, ICES core faculty member and professor of chemical engineering, chemistry, and physics, will use his award toward developing software that simulate images using atomic force microscopy (AFM). AFM views materials at the nano-scale, allowing users to "see" individual bonds between atoms. Possible applications for this work include designing and discovering materials for photovoltaics and electronic devices.

Leszek Demkowicz, ICES core faculty member and professor of aerospace
engineering and engineering mechanics, will use his award to
further develop his Discontinuous Petrov-Galerkin Method and extend it to
nonlinear problems with focus on compressible and incompressible fluid
dynamics.

Venkat Ganesan, professor of chemical engineering, will use his award toward developing multiscale computational algorithms which can be used to predict the structure and properties of polymer electrolyte membranes used in batteries, fuel cells and water purification applications.

Chad Landis, associate professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, will use the award toward his work to improve predictions of crack morphologies in hydraulic fracturing of natural gas reservoirs.

Ali Yilmaz, ICES core faculty member and associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, will use the award to develop computational methods that will improve the design of high-field MRI systems for high-resolution mapping of the human brain.


Posted: April 17, 2013