Moncrief Grand Challenge Faculty Awards

Fall 2013/Spring 2014 Fellows

The 2013 Moncrief Grand Challenge Faculty Awardees:  Chelikowsky, Ganesan, Yilmaz, Landis, and Demkowicz.

Jim Chelikowsky will use his award toward developing software that simulates images using atomic force microscopy (AFM).

Leszek Demkowicz will use his award to further develop his Discontinuous Petrov-Galerkin Method and extend it to nonlinear problems with focus on compressible and incompressible fluid dynamics.

Venkat Ganesan will use his award toward developing multiscale computational algorithms which can be used to predict the structure and properties of polymer electrolyte membranes used in batteries, fuel cells and water purification applications.

Chad Landis will use the award toward his work to improve predictions of crack morphologies in hydraulic fracturing of natural gas reservoirs.

Ali Yilmaz will use the award to develop computational methods that will improve the design of high-field MRI systems for high-resolution mapping of the human brain.

The Moncrief Grand Challenge Awards Program provides resources to cover release time from teaching for UT Austin faculty for one or more semesters to work on ICES research and academic programs related to the Grand Challenges in computational engineering and sciences that affect the competitiveness and international standing of the nation. The program provides stipends of up to $75,000 per award per semester to cover salary and other expenses. Acceptance of a Grand Challenge Award requires the approval of the individual’s home department chair, relevant dean, and the ICES Director.

The list of Grand Challenges appropriate for submission under this program is very broad and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Computational Medicine and Biomedicine (Cardiovascular Engineering, Laser Treatment of Cancer)
  • Next Generation of Energy Sources (Bio Fuels, Fuel Cells, Solar Energy)
  • Carbon Sequestration Methods
  • Water Sustainability
  • Drug Design and Delivery
  • Advanced Materials
  • Modeling of Rising Seas
  • Nano-Science and Engineering (Nano-manufacturing Processes);
  • Weather Prediction
  • National Security

The number of awards made each year will vary depending on the proceeds of the endowment.

Recipients are expected to prepare a final report summarizing their accomplishments. In addition, opportunities will be available to present research accomplishments in the ICES Seminar Series.

Call for Proposals: February 1 (Annually)

Proposal Deadline: March 1 (Annually)

Selections will be announced the week following spring break.

For questions regarding this program, please contact Jon Bass: