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ICES and Gemany's IGSSE form partnership ICES and Gemany's IGSSE form partnership

IGSSE, TUM’s International Graduate School in Science and Engineering, was host of a two-day workshop during January 21 and 22, 2017. Read more.

Posted: March 23, 2017
 Prolific author Juan Bello-Rivas Receives 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award  for Advancing Molecular Movement Simulations Prolific author Juan Bello-Rivas Receives 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award for Advancing Molecular Movement Simulations

CSEM Alumnus Juan M. Bello-Rivas has won the ICES 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award for advances in the computational simulation of molecular dynamics.

Now a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University, as a CSEM student at UT Bello-Rivas focused his dissertation on modifying a statistical mechanic theory and algorithm called Milestoning. The algorithm was originally developed by Ron Elber, his advisor in the CSEM program. Read more.

Posted: March 21, 2017
Hughes awarded SIAM/ACM Prize Hughes awarded SIAM/ACM Prize

ICES Professor Thomas J. R. Hughes was awarded the 2017 SIAM/ACM Prize in CS&E, March 2, at the SIAM Conference on CS&E (CSE17) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Hughes holds the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Chair in Computational and Applied Mathematics and is professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. Read more.

Posted: March 9, 2017
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