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CSEweek - February 7, 2017

2017 - 2018 CSE Fellows

Call for Proposals


Graduate students are invited to submit proposals for support of interdisciplinary research in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE).

Projects must be interdisciplinary and must be oriented towards computational science and engineering and/or applied math.


Submission Information:  2017 - 2018 CSE Fellows

Application Information:  Apply Here

Submission Deadline:  March 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm.


Student participants in winning proposals will be designated as CSE Fellows and will receive the following benefits:

  • Stipend corresponding to a 25% research assistantship in their home department
  • Tuition waiver
  • Access to computational facilities provided by CSE
  • Accounts on parallel supercomputers at NCSA
  • Some limited support for conference travel

 Application Requirements:

  • Cover Page
  • Resume
  • Research Proposal
  • DARS Report
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Awards will be announced in May.

If you have further questions, please e-mail us at

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 in February.  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 on February 15 & 17, 2017.

CSE Training will hold workshops in the following topics this semester, beginning February 14:
February 14, 2017:  Python, beginning through advanced topics
February 14, 2017:  Abaqus (FEA for structural mechanics)
February 16, 2017:  High-Performance Computing with Campus Cluster
February 22, 2017:  MATLAB, with a focus on data analytics
March 28, 2017:  Fluent (CFD)

Please check for more information and to register.

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
1030 NCSA

Upcoming Spring 2017 CSE Seminar Series:
February 9 -  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.

Lunch provided at 11:30
Meeting time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: 2100 NCSA

2017 THW dates and topics:
Feb 8 — Intro to Python
Feb 22 — Machine Learning
Mar 8 — Binding Programming Languages
Mar 29 — Debuggers
Apr 5 — Scientific Visualizations
Apr 19 — Managing Data with Databases
May 3 — Quantitative Plotting

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

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 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

Xuesong Yang - Informatics

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

DoE - Creating Innovative and Reliable Circuits Using Inventive Topologies and Semi Conductors (CIRCUITS) DoD - Diverse Collegiate Research and Development Collaboration Program
DoE - Advanced Manufacturing Projects for Emerging Research Exploration
DoE - Innovative Pathways
DoE - Request for Information (RFI): Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Manufacturing: Identifying Specific Components for Manufacturing Standardization
HHS - Academic-Industrial Partnerships to Translate and Validate in vivo Cancer Imaging Systems (R01)
NASA - ROSES 2016: New Frontiers Data Analysis Program
NSF - Algorithms for Modern Power Systems (AMPS)
NSF - Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE)
NSF - Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering
NSF - EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)
NSF - Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)
NSF - Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC)
NSF - Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI)
NSF - Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Input on Federal Datasets with Potential to Advance Data Science
NSF - Geotechnical Engineering and Materials
NSF - Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus
NSF - Tomorrow's Internet Project Office

Additional Funding Opportunities can be found on the CSE Website.

2017 LCI Workshops

For the first time, LCI is offering trainings for HPC administrators at two different levels:  Introductory AND Intermediate!

Introductory Workshop

May 22-26, 2017
University of Wyoming (in collaboration with University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)
Laramie, WY
If you are a Linux system administrator new to HPC, this is the workshop for you! Learn more!  Register today!

Intermediate Workshop

August 14-18, 2017
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
If you have some experience as an HPC system administrator and want to expand your skills, this is the workshop for you! Learn more!
Register today!

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.

Sandia National Laboratories Technical Intern Program

Center for Cyber Defenders (CCD)
The Center for Cyber Defenders (CCD) program is focused on developing the next generation of
experts in the field of computer security from the software stack down to embedded hardware. Our
program fosters students’ abilities to address the serious and unique challenges existing in the
realm of cyber security research, and encourages the exploration of original ideas necessary to
keep pace with the rapid changes in information technology and the increasing sophistication of
cyber threats. Students will gain experience in some of the following: operating systems analysis,
virtualization technologies including software defined networking, distributed systems, storage,
and algorithm analysis and development, advanced modeling and emulation, machine learning, reverse
engineering, network programming, cryptography research and analysis, and much more. Projects range
from working on small research and development (R&D) efforts to large, multidisciplinary team

Summer, Year-­‐round and Co-­‐op Internships
High school, undergraduate and graduate students:
•     Computer Science
•     Computer Engineering
•     Cybersecurity

For more info:

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:


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