Two ASE/EM faculty received ICES 2014 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.
Thomas J. R. Hughes (right), professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics and Tan Bui-Thanh (left), assistant professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, will receive stipends of up to $75,000 per award per semester to cover salary and other expenses necessary to further their research.
The purpose of Hughes' research is the development of patient-specific computational tools and their application facilitating the judicious interpretation of clinical data (retrospective analysis) to better understand the origin and development of Peripheral arterial disease; inspire new clinical trials; optimize imaging practice for the early detection of the disease; and tune therapeutic regimens based on patient-specific attributes.
As the first stepping-stone toward a scalable parallel solver and time stepping scheme for the dynamical core of weather simulation/prediction model, Bui-Thanh will use his award toward developing hybridized high-order DG methods for simulating hydrostatic and non-hydrostatic atmosphere.
Bui-Thanh and Hughes were two of four ICES faculty to receive this year's Moncrief awards. Michael Baldea, assistant professor of chemical engineering and Kui Ren, assistant professor of mathematics, were also selected.