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Tinsley Oden at 80:  Keen insights from a long career Tinsley Oden at 80: Keen insights from a long career

As a sophomore in engineering at Louisiana State University Tinsley Oden, ICES director, says he remembers rushing out of his dynamics class to shoot arrows and swing pendulums.

He calculated the arrows’ initial velocity based on how far they went, and determined the frequency of pendulums based on their mass and length. These simple experiments cemented in Oden the power of mathematics to explain the world.

“The fact that through the process of the human mind, using mathematical abstractions, you could actually write down how natural systems would behave was a great revelation to me. I became infatuated with it,” said Oden. Read more.

Posted: March 8, 2017
CSEM Student Tim Smith first learned as an intern what was possible with computational tools CSEM Student Tim Smith first learned as an intern what was possible with computational tools

Mechanical engineering students at UT are sometimes called ‘etcetera engineers.’

That’s partly because the mechanical engineering building—called the Engineering Teaching Building II—is often abbreviated to ETC. But it’s mainly because of the breadth of topics the field encompasses and opportunities it enables.

Tim Smith, a summer 2013 Moncrief Undergraduate Summer Intern, and a 2014 UT mechanical engineering grad, embraced the etcetera as a student. He worked as an facilities engineer intern for BHP Billiton in Houston, and helped ICES professor Michael Sacks construct computational heart models as an ICES summer intern. Read more.

Posted: Jan. 17, 2017
ICES Postdoctoral Fellowship Essential to Team Developing Computational Cancer Models ICES Postdoctoral Fellowship Essential to Team Developing Computational Cancer Models

For the past five years, Ernesto Lima has been making computational models of tumor growth. The models use complex mathematics to simulate the eight hallmarks of cancer behavior—abilities all cancers share, such as unrestricted cell division and immune system evasion. Yet the guiding philosophy of the work is simplicity: the best model for simulating a tumor’s behavior is the one that uses the lowest number of parameters from the available data while meeting an acceptable level of accuracy.

This “Occam’s Razor” inspired approach helps restrict errors introduced by uncertainties associated with additional parameters, Lima said. Read more.

Posted: Dec. 15, 2016
CSEM's Karen Tsai on team winning SC16 Visualization Award CSEM's Karen Tsai on team winning SC16 Visualization Award

CSEM's Karen Tsai was on the team who won the SC16 Scientific Visualization and Data Analytics Award with their movie describing work at Los Alamos National Laboratory that simulates an asteroid crashing into the ocean. Read more.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2016
Bajaj receives Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi Bajaj receives Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

ICES Professor Chandra Bajaj received the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

"I would like to offer my hearty congratulations to you for this distinction, particularly considering the fact that IITD has over 40,000 alumni and Distinguished Alumni Awards are conferred on a selected few. Your achievements have brought glory to the name of IIT Delhi, and the Institute is truly proud of you," said Professor V. Ramgopal Rao, director of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Read more.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2016