Demkowicz and Landis headshotsTwo ASE/EM faculty received Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) 2013 W. A. "Tex" Moncrief Grand Challenge Awards, based on their highly compelling research proposals related to the Grand Challenges in computational engineering and sciences that affect the competitiveness and international standing of the nation. ICES will provide these faculty with necessary resources to cover release time from teaching for one or more semesters to work on their research. Stipends of up to $75,000 per award per semester are provided to cover salary and other expenses.

Leszek Demkowicz (left), ASE/EM Professor and ICES core faculty member, 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.

Chad Landis (right), ASE/EM Associate Professor, will use the award toward his work to improve predictions of crack morphologies in hydraulic fracturing of natural gas reservoirs.