Max Bremer, a senior studying honors aerospace engineering and applied mathematics, received the Graham F. Carey Computational Science Scholarship at ICES award ceremony Tuesday. He is the first student to receive the award since it was established last year.
“According to his nomination, he’s one of those brilliant students, the one that comes about once every five or ten years,” said Tinsley Oden, the Director of ICES, as he was presenting the award to Bremer. “He is a prodigy and a worthy recipient of the first Graham Carey Scholarship.”
The $2,000 scholarship is intended to recognize and support the studies of exceptional undergraduate students at UT who have demonstrated competency and interest in computational science and engineering. It was created in honor of ICES professor Graham Carey, who died in the fall of 2012 after 34 years of service at The University of Texas at Austin
Carey was known for taking promising undergraduate students under his wing, mentoring and guiding students toward careers in computational engineering and mechanics—a field that enabled him to take on exciting industry projects like the development of the Boeing 747 and the Lunar Rover before joining the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1977.
“I knew Graham Carey very well, and Graham was very good at spotting talent in undergraduates…and I thought that Max fit into that tradition,” said Clint Dawson, the leader of ICES’ Computational Hydraulics Group, who nominated Bremer for the scholarship. “He’s one of the top students in aerospace, certainly in the computational science area, and really across the board.”
Bremer works with Dawson analyzing pipe flow networks, a project that has important applications in understanding how water can be best whisked away in flooding situations. Bremer has been contributing to research since last year, but has just now officially become affiliated with ICES as one of the institutes 10 summer interns.
Bremer says the intricacy of computational methods, as well as the broad areas of application are what draws him to computational engineering.
“The complexity of the methods is hard to reproduce. And I’m really fascinated by what you can do with computational science,” said Bremer.
Bremer still has a year of class and a senior thesis to finish up before graduation.
But after that, he’s hoping to enroll in a one-year computational program at Cambridge before going for his PhD in computational science.
“There’s definitely computer science in my future,” said Bremer. “I’m pretty set at this point.”