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Wheeler Advancing “Digital Oil Field” at Center for Subsurface Research Wheeler Advancing “Digital Oil Field” at Center for Subsurface Research

The soaring productivity of oil and gas from hydraulic fracturing wells depends in large part on advancements in the “digital oil field,” according to a recent Wall Street Journal article that said computational technology is driving the output per shale drilling rig to rise by more than 20 percent a year.

“‘The cloud’ will be just as much of an economic accelerant for shale as it has been for other complex and distributed industries,” wrote Mark Mills, a senior fellow at the domestic policy think tank the Manhattan Institute in an editorial for the paper. Read more.

Posted: April 20, 2017
Hughes to receive 2017 SURA Distinguished Scientist Award Hughes to receive 2017 SURA Distinguished Scientist Award

ICES Professor Thomas J.R. Hughes, the Peter O’Donnell Chair in Computational and Applied Mathematics at will received its the 2017 SURA Distinguished Scientist Award.

The annual honor goes to a research scientist whose extraordinary work fulfills the
SURA mission to “strengthen the scientific capabilities of its members and our nation.”

The award and its $10,000 honorarium will be presented to Dr. Hughes April 19, in conjunction with the SURA Board of Trustees meeting being held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Read more.

Posted: April 13, 2017
ICES Ranked No. 1 for Interdisciplinary Applications of Mathematics ICES Ranked No. 1 for Interdisciplinary Applications of Mathematics

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ranked The University of Texas at Austin number one in the world in the discipline “Mathematics: Interdisciplinary Applications,” the academic area addressed by the university’s Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES). Read more.

Posted: April 12, 2017
Topcu receives NSF Early Career Development Award

ICES Professor Ufuk Topcu has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The awards are the most prestigious offered by NSF’s CAREER Program.

The awards provide up to five years of funding to junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of their organizations’ missions.

Topcu, assistant professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, was awarded for his project “Provably Correct Shared Control for Human-Embedded Autonomous Systems.” Read more.

Posted: April 5, 2017
NBC features Yankeelov cancer prediction research NBC features Yankeelov cancer prediction research

ICES Professor Thomas Yankeelov was featured on the local NBC affiliate KXAN's news program where he explained his work to "forecast" cancer behavior.

Using the analogy of meteorologists' mathematical formulas to predict weather, Yankeelov described the pursuit of similar mathematical equations to predict how cancer tumors grow or respond to treatment.

“In the neighborhood of three to five years we’ll have an idea of whether or not this is going to make a real difference,” said Dr. Yankeelov. Read more.

Posted: April 5, 2017