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CSEweek - January 10, 2016

International Undergraduate Internship
 x-FU(s)ION: International research internship in Japan for undergraduate students

The Illinois renewable energy Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) project is currently accepting applications from undergraduate students to carry out a 2 month, paid, undergraduate research internship in Kyushu University (KU), Japan. The goal of the internship is to increase students’ awareness, exposure and motivation about renewable energy research and provide a unique, global workforce experience.

The internship pays for a 2 month summer internship (June 12 - August 11). Successful applicants will work on experimental and computational projects focusing on the use of solid oxide electrolysis cells to transform renewable energy into chemical energy and store it for later use.

The application deadline is January 23, 2017. For more information see the PIRE x-FUsION website.
Apply Here by January 23rd!   

Email and/or for additional help.

Attention CSE Certificate Graduates

If you are a student graduating December 2016 and enrolled in the CSE Certificate Program, thank you for submitting your  CSE Graduation Approval Form

You should have received email notification to pickup your certificate.  Please stop by the CSE Office if you have not yet received your certificate.

Apply for TA Positions for the CSE Training Program

To: Engineering Graduate Students
Date: January 10, 2017
From: Computation Science and Engineering (CSE)
Subject: Apply for TA Positions for the CSE Training Program
Application Deadline: January 13, 2017

The CSE training program seeks qualified applicants for the spring semester who are interested in teaching workshops on technical subject.  We are particularly searching for TAs experienced in MATLAB, Python, Fluent, Abaqus, cluster usage (HPC/MPI), and similar topics. 

To apply, please send a your CV and a brief notice of interest to  by Friday, January 13, 2017.  When sending your application via email, please use the subject line "TA Application".  Complementary skills will also be considered, so please mention them as appropriate.

Application Checklist:

  1. Send CV to
  2. Send CV by Friday, January 13, 2017
  3. Add “TA Application” to the Subject Line
  4. Add complementary skills
CSE Training Workshops
Computational Science and Engineering is offering the following workshops to interested students and postdocs. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

Software Carpentry Workshops
NCSA and CSE are hosting Software Carpentry Workshops at NCSA beginnning in January.  This is an excellent opportunity for students and researchers to learn vital computing skills for analyzing data, reproducing workflows, and maintaining research code and data.

  • Starting January 26–27, 2017

Please visit for more information and to register.

CSE Annual Meeting: 2017 Fellows Symposium

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Room 1030 NCSA

In late spring each academic year, CSE hosts an Annual Fellows Symposium featuring keynote addresses by two distinguished invited speakers. In addition, each CSE Fellow gives a presentation on their research during the CSE Fellowship year.

Keynote Speakers:
Haig P. Papazian Distinguished Service Professor - Department of Chemistry
The University of Chicago

Department Head and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Penn State University

CSE Fellows:
Antoine Blanchard (Aerospace Engineering), Dimitrios Fytanidis (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Rachel Mansbach (Physics), Shriyaa Mittal (Biophysics), Advitya Patyal (Theoretical and Applied Mathematics), Amirhossein Taghvaei (Mechanical Science and Engineering), Sixian You (Bioengineering), Xiao Zhang (Mechanical Science and Engineering).

CSE Spring 2017 Seminar Series

The CSE Seminar Series aims to bring together researchers from across campus who share a common interest in the use of computational techniques in all disciplines, and to engage students in both the development and application of numerical methods, data analysis, computer modeling, and related techniques. Lunch is provided!

Time: Noon - 1pm
Location: 1030 NCSA

Upcoming Spring 2017 CSE Seminar Series:
February 2 -  Dr. Katy Huff - Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering
February 16 -  Dr. Alexandra Kolla - Computer Science
March 2 -  Dr. Harley Johnson - Mechanical Science and Engineering
March 16 -  Dr. Maciej Balajewicz - Aerospace Engineering
March 30 -  Dr. Oscar Lopez-Pamies - Civil and Environmental Engineering
April 13 -  Dr. Minh Do - Electrical and Computer Engineering
April 20 -  Dr. Roy Dar - Bioengineering

The Hacker Within Student Group

The Hacker Within (THW) is an officially registered student organization with CSE affiliation. THW's goal is to encourage students to learn and share tenets of the scientific computing endeavor by arranging a venue for peer-driven teaching, discussions, and forums for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation, events, and professional resources for putting them into practice.  The group meets bi-weekly with each meeting consisting of at least  a discussion/tutorial on a scientific computing problem and a lightning research talk aimed to provide students an overview on a specific area of research.

Hacker Within 2017 Meetings:

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: 2100 NCSA

January 25, 2017
February 8, 2017
February 22, 2017
March 8, 2017
March 29, 2017
April 5, 2017
April 19, 2017
May 3, 2017

For more information: The Hacker Within-IL | Github | Google Group

CSE Certificate Option and Transcriptable Enrollment

CSE offers interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate specializations which are designed to provide students with a solid foundation in problem-solving using computation as a major tool for modeling complicated problems in science and engineering.

Graduate Concentration—transcriptable option available to both Ph.D. and M.S. students
Undergraduate Minor—transcriptable option available to students in the Colleges of Engineering and LAS
Undergraduate Certificate Option—available to undergraduate students enrolled in participating departments

For more information:

New CSE Students
Ian Kim - Statistics

2017 Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop at Los Alamos National Laboratory

The workshop features

(1) Generous fellowships for students,
(2) Opportunities for students to work on teams,
(3) Excellent mentoring by Los Alamos staff, and
(4) An integrated lecture series.

More about this Summer Workshop, including directions and deadlines for student applications, can be found here:

This year’s technical focus topics feature a mixture of physics, computational science, mathematics, and algorithmic challenges that we hope are attractive to students from a variety of backgrounds.  We plan to pursue twelve different projects that involve multiple aspects of computational physics, including the study of fluid structures, instabilities, and turbulence, plasma physics, multiple other numerical and solver algorithms, thermal feedback in nuclear reactors, future computer architectures, and more.

CEE Course Announcement

Spring 2017 Course: Advanced Uncertainty Quantification (Credit: 4 hours)

CEE 598-UQ : Uncertainty Quantification introduces students to relevant paradigms, mathematical foundations and numerical techniques in Uncertainty Quantification (UQ).

Topics include: introduction to UQ, Monte Carlo methods, Polynomial Chaos expansion, Statistical inference, Markov chain Monte Carlo, surrogate-based computation, Bayesian model averaging, etc. Examples will be drawn from general PDEs, ODEs, as well as real-world examples in science and engineering applications. 

For more details see the UQ Group website.

NPRE Course Announcement

Spring 2017 Course on Probabilistic Risk Assessment
NPRE 461 covers multidisciplinary theories and techniques of risk, safety, and reliability of complex systems and state-of-the-art Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA), which provides input for risk-informed decision-making for design, operation, and regulatory oversight in diverse high-consequence industries such as nuclear power, aviation, space, chemical processes, oil and gas, and healthcare. Main topics include: Systematic Risk Scenario Modeling, Uncertainty Analysis, Failure Causal Modeling, Bayesian Analysis, Human & Hardware Reliability Modeling, Data Analytics, and Risk Importance Ranking. Software codes for risk analysis and reliability modeling will be utilized for assignments. This course is counted as a technical elective in several departments and is a prerequisite for a 500-level advanced risk analysis course that is offered every Fall. For more details, please visit the SoTeRiA Laboratory website:

Funding Opportunities

CSE works hand-in-hand with our affiliates to assist you in staying up-to-date with the latest funding opportunities. All the funding opportunities are listed on the CSE website, please view our comprehensive list: Our staff is available to support team formation and proposal development. CSE is in the process of creating teams around the solicitations. If you are interested in joining or would like more information about funding opportunities, please send us an email at

Miscellaneous Funding Opportunities
NSF - Accelerator Science
NSF - Algorithms in the Field  (AitF)
NSF - Broadening Participation in Engineering  (BPE)
NSF -  Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes FY17 (CRISP)
NSF - Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA)
NSF - Cyber-Physical Systems
NSF - Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects  (PHY)
NSF - Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Sites Program  (I-Corps Sites)
NSF - Innovation Corps - Nodes Program  (I-Corps Nodes)
NSF - Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems  (NSF-NCS)
NSF - Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics  (MMS)
NSF - National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots  (NRI-2.0)
NSF - Physics Frontiers Centers  (PFC)
NSF - Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE)
NSF - Science of Learning  (SL)
NSF - STEM + Computing Partnerships

Additional Funding Opportunities can be found on the CSE Website.

Illinois Innovation Prize

The Illinois Innovation Prize, administered by the Technology Entrepreneur Center in the College of Engineering, is awarded on an annual basis to the most innovative student/s on campus. In 2016, Aadeel Akhtar was recognized as the most innovative student on campus at the Entrepreneurship Forum.

This nominee is:

  • A creative and passionate innovator
  • Working with world changing technology
  • Entrepreneurially minded
  • A role model for others

Students must be nominated by a faculty member, mentor, advisor and so forth. Students may not nominate other students. Students must be on-campus during the 2016-17 academic year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For more information visit:


Blue Waters Internship Program

As part of the Blue Waters efforts to motivate and train the next generation of supercomputing researchers, the program is sponsoring 20 undergraduate research interns each year. The goal is to engage undergraduate students in petascale computing research and development projects. The program provides each student a stipend totaling $5000, a two-week intensive high-performance computing workshop, and an education allocation on the Blue Waters system. Select students will travel to The Blue Waters Symposium. This program includes support for undergraduate internship activities at any accredited degree granting institution in the United States. The internships awarded through this program may be for students working with a faculty mentor on their home campus, or at another campus. Interested faculty can work with a particular student that they identify, or may select a qualified student with Blue Waters support through our program.

Students and faculty who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM are strongly encouraged to participate in the program.


The program is open to undergraduate students interested in participating in a year-long science or engineering internship. Students must be enrolled as undergraduates through Spring 2018 at a U.S. degree-granting institution. Beginning graduate students who have a research advisor are eligible to apply to attend the Petascale Institute and will have their expenses covered by the program; any stipend would be the responsibility of their own research advisor.


  • Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2017
  • Notifications will be made by February 15, 2017
  • The two-week Petascale Institute will take place at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in late May 2017
  • The research is expected to begin over the summer months with continued work during the school year
  • Select interns will present their project and results at the Blue Waters Symposium in 2018
  • A final paper must be submitted to the Journal of Computational Science Education by May 31, 2018
  • Internships will conclude by May 31, 2018

Apply today!

In the application process, students can identify a faculty member as a mentor. Students who have taken the initiative to arrange an internship with a faculty mentor are more likely to be selected for this program than students who have not.

Faculty Mentors

The program is open to faculty who are willing to mentor undergraduate students in a year-long internship that involves teaching or researching the use of high-performance computing in studying problems in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics.


  • Intern position descriptions must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2017
  • Notifications will be made by Feburary 15, 2017
  • Student work on the internship will begin after the Petascale Institute in late May 2017
  • Students will work full-time over the summer and as schedules allow during the academic year
  • Students are expected to submit a paper to the Journal of Computational Science Education by the end of May 2018
  • Select students will be asked to submit a poster on their project for presentation at the Blue Waters Symposium in 2018
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