Hughes Receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of A Coruña Hughes Receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of A Coruña

The University of A Coruña, Galicia, Spain awarded ICES Professor Thomas J.R. Hughes an honorary doctorate in civil engineering, citing him as a “father of computational mechanics” and a “great builder of bridges…among the scientists of all nations, between academia and industry, and between engineering, medicine and the worlds of computer-aided design and advanced visualization.”

As part of the ceremony, Hughes, professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, gave a talk on moving the medical profession’s paradigm from diagnostic to predictive, more closely aligning it with the engineer’s perspective. Read more.

Posted: July 23, 2013
University Features O'Donnell Generosity to ICES University Features O'Donnell Generosity to ICES

The university published this feature story celebrating the generosity of Peter and Edith O'Donnell toward ICES.

A certain very generous husband and wife have long been among the University’s top donors. And for about as long, they have declined the spotlight. But this spring, after years of encouragement from University leaders, Peter and Edith O’Donnell of Dallas decided the time was right to shed their anonymity. UT’s Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences Building, home to the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), is now—with the couple’s blessing—the O’Donnell Building for Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences. Read more.

Posted: July 17, 2013
ICES Honors Faculty, Staff, Student at Annual Award Ceremony

ICES 2013 annual awards ceremony July 17 honored 12 exceptional faculty and staff who personify the high standards for teaching, research and administration central to ICES work.

The 2013 ICES Distinguished Research Award recipient is Inderjit Dhillon, an ICES core faculty member, and professor of computer science. His innovative approaches to large-scale data mining and machine learning have consistently earned him and his students international best paper prizes, as well as the attention of industry who quickly adopt his work. His most recent work applies the social networking algorithms used by Facebook to linking genes to disease. Read more.

Posted: July 16, 2013
Wick Awarded Humboldt Postdoc Fellowship Wick Awarded Humboldt Postdoc Fellowship

ICES Postdoctoral Researcher Thomas Wick has been selected to receive a one-year $62,000 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship.

The fellowship is designed to enable highly-qualified scientists and scholars from Germany, who are just embarking on their academic careers, to spend extended periods of research (6-24 months) abroad. Wick was selected based on his academic qualifications as assessed by independent peer reviews, with the final decision made by an interdisciplinary panel.

Wick currently conducts research in the ICES Center for Subsurface Modeling under the supervision of ICES Professor Mary Wheeler. Read more.

Posted: June 18, 2013
CSEM Alum Jessica Zhang Receives USACM Young Investigator Award CSEM Alum Jessica Zhang Receives USACM Young Investigator Award

The U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics awarded 2005 CSEM Alumnus Jessica Zhang the 2013 Gallagher Young Investigator Award “for pioneering research in high-fidelity geometric modeling and mesh generation with broad interdisciplinary finite element applications in computational biomedicine, material sciences and engineering.”

Zhang is now associate professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. While a CSEM student Zhang’s supervising professor was Chandra Bajaj. Later, as an ICES postdoc, she worked with both Thomas Hughes and Bajaj. Read more.

Posted: June 12, 2013