UT Austin First to Offer B.S. degree in Computational Engineering

ICES Professor Clint Dawson is leading the new computational engineering undergraduate degree program. He is seen here with two undergraduate students in the TACC Visualization Lab.

UT Austin is introducing a new Bachelor of Science degree in computational engineering with the first freshman class set to start in fall 2017. UT Austin is the first university in the United States to offer this as a major at the undergraduate level.

The program, which will be offered by the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in the Cockrell School of Engineering, includes an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on giving students the opportunity to work on complex 21st-century engineering problems within a wide range of real-world applications.

During their first two years, students will primarily study the fundamentals of engineering along with engineering sciences. Their third and fourth years will emphasize further depth in mathematics, algorithms and computer languages and applications.

Led by Clint Dawson, associate department chair and head of the ICES Computational Hydraulics Group, the new degree program brings together faculty members who are internationally recognized for their work in computational engineering and engineering education, and leverages the expertise of ICES.

Students who enter the program will study the development of computer algorithms that translate mathematical and physical descriptions of engineering problems into languages that computers can process; in other words, the students will learn how to use and develop certain tools in order to solve physical problems using computers.

“The field of computational engineering continues to grow, and it presents exciting possibilities for the future,” said Noel Clemens, chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. “Because of the extraordinary quality of our students and the expertise of our faculty in this area, UT Austin is uniquely positioned to offer a program that could be a model for others across the country.”

Posted: Oct. 26, 2016