Van de Geijn to launch MOOC on linear algebra Van de Geijn to launch MOOC on linear algebra

In its first week of registration, more than 2,500 students registered for ICES Professor Robert van de Geijn’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on linear algebra.

Linear Algebra – Foundations to Frontiers (LAFF) is being developed by van de Geijn, professor of computer science, Maggie Myers, lecturer in computer science, and a team of students from The University of Texas at Austin. The course will be launched January 15, 2014 by edX, UT’s non-profit partner who manages MOOCs. The course is free and offers a certificate of completion. Read more.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2013
St. David's supports Sacks' research with grant St. David's supports Sacks' research with grant

The St. David’s Foundation Impact Fund gave a $121,200 grant to the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) to create computer simulated heart valves that will help further heart valve disease research and treatments.

“Such models are used to both assess the current state of valve disease and, most importantly, suggest means to improve surgical techniques for repair and replacement of diseased valves, “ said Michael Sacks, the director of ICES’ Center for Cardiovascular Simulation.

The grant funds will directly support a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship at the center. Recruitment is currently underway.

Michael Sacks is the director of ICES' Center for Cardiovascular Simulation.Sacks and his research group’s current focus is creating computational simulations of the mitral valve, the passageway for blood from the left atrium to the left ventricle of the human heart. Read more.

Posted: Oct. 7, 2013
J. Tinsley Oden awarded prestigious Honda Prize for ecotechnology work J. Tinsley Oden awarded prestigious Honda Prize for ecotechnology work

The Honda Foundation of Japan has awarded this year's Honda Prize to J. Tinsley Oden, director of ICES, for his role in establishing the field of computational mechanics, which enabled the development of computer simulation technology used broadly throughout industry and academia. Read more.

Posted: Sept. 26, 2013
Hughes named inaugural fellow of EMI Hughes named inaugural fellow of EMI

ICES Professor Thomas J.R. Hughes was selected as one of the first fellows of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI), a relatively new institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers dedicated to serving the engineering community through the development and application of engineering mechanics.

The inaugural fellows included recipients of awards administered by EMI since its founding in 2007, and the members who served on the executive committee of the former Engineering Mechanics Division and on the board of governors of EMI.

Hughes was EMI’s 2009 Theodore von Karman Medalist. Read more.

Posted: Sept. 25, 2013
Demkowicz elected to Polish Academy Demkowicz elected to Polish Academy

The Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected ICES Professor Leszek Demkowicz as a foreign member.

Members are considered among the highest scientific authorities for Poland. They meet regularly, including foreign members, holding monthly scientific meetings, where technical papers are read and discussed and determined of scientific, scholarly and/or historical value. Read more.

Posted: Sept. 4, 2013