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CSEweek - February 21, 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.  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.

CSE Training will hold workshops in the following topics this semester:
February 22, 2017:  MATLAB, with a focus on data analytics
March 28, 2017:  Fluent (CFD)

Please check for more information and to register.

CSE/NCSA: Special Seminar

Cloud 3.0 - Rise of the Big Compute Era: How the Future of Computing Will Transform Science and Engineering

Joris Poort, Founder and CEO at Rescale
Thursday, February 23
Noon - 1 pm
Room 1040 NCSA

This seminar will explore hardware and software industry trends that have created the perfect storm for a transformational shift in how computing is used in the enterprise.  Traditionally the niche field of high performance computing and supercomputing has only been accessible to those with both million dollar budgets and a broad set of experts across the hardware and software stack. These traditional assumptions are no longer true, as new technologies make high performance computing accessible and economical. Across the economy, this decade-long shift from traditional on premise computing to the cloud is worth $4 trillion. For engineers and scientists, the big compute transformation can drive a fundamental shift in how high-end computing is leveraged to drive innovation.  The seminar will address these broad trends as well as specific real-world examples, including how cloud-based high performance computing is being used for engineering design, scientific discovery, and big data analytics.

Joris Poort is Founder and CEO of Rescale, the leading cloud platform for high performance computing, a Silicon Valley based startup backed by top tier investors including Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Peter Thiel, Microsoft, among numerous others. Prior to founding Rescale, Joris worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company on product development engagements in the high-tech sector.  Joris began his career at Boeing, where he worked for five years as a design simulation and software engineer on the 787 program, optimizing the production design of the tail and wings.  Joris holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Hosts: Narayan Aluru ( and Bill King ( )


Please welcome our new Education Coordinator, Bryan Wang!

Bryan Wang received his M.S. degree in Engineering as well as Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Human Resource Development.  He has 12 years of experience in the field of education and training as a training coordinator, instructor, and instructional designer for various training programs, courses, workshops at The Ohio State University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center.

Bryan has expertise in instructional design, work analysis, and process improvement. His interests include photography, videography, and graphic design.

His office is located at 2102D NCSA.


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 provided!

Time: Noon - 1pm
1030 NCSA

Upcoming Spring 2017 CSE Seminar Series:
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 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).

HPCBio Workshop March 2017

HPCBio is announcing two workshops to be held in March.  The Data Carpentry for Genomics workshop (March 6, 8, 13, & 15) will cover linux & high performance computing, R and Bioconductor with a genomics focus. This is a pre-requisite for the following RNA-Seq Analysis workshop (March 20-23).  For more information about these two workshops and where to sign up, visit the HPCBio workshop page or contact us at

Algorithm Interest Group

The Algorithm Interest Group is hosting weekly meetings to facilitate inter-departmental dialogue EVERY TUESDAY at 2 pm in NCSA 2100 through the end of the semester.

Upcoming Speakers and Topics:
February 21, 2017:  Benji Villalonga - Audio Compression
February 28, 2017:  Brian Busemeyer - Quantum and Classical Simulated Annealing

Contact Paul Yang for details. 

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
Zachary Herr - Economics
Junyao Wang - Mathematics
Ziying Wang – Statistics/Mathematics

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
NSF - ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE)
NSF - Building Community and Capacity in Data Intensive Research in Education  (BCC-EHR)
NSF - Geotechnical Engineering and Materials
NSF - Innovation Corps (I-Corps TM) - National Innovation Network Nodes Program (I-Corps Nodes)
NSF - Innovation Corps Teams Program (I-Corps Teams)
NSF - Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
NSF - Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science Phase I (TRIPODS)

Additional Funding Opportunities can be found on the CSE Website.

Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Program

The Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Program is accepting applications  through March 31, 2017.  The Program supports postdocs to conduct research at universities, colleges, and U.S. government laboratories throughout the United States.

Recent Ph.D. graduates or doctoral students who will soon complete their degrees are encouraged to apply.  The fellowships offer a very competitive annual stipend and an annual travel allowance for the Postdoc, as well as awards to the host institution. 

Award Details:
Annual stipends range from $75,000 to $79,000, depending on research location
Annual travel budget of up to $6,000
Appointments for 2 years, and option to extend for a third year
Host institutions receive an annual laboratory budget of up to $5,000
Research Advisors receive a $10,000 stipend and an annual travel budget of up to $2,000

Postdoc Eligibility:
U. S. citizenship required
Ph.D. received within 5 years of the application deadline

To learn more and to apply, please visit

A key component of the application is to prepare a research proposal that supports that selected research opportunity.  Applications require input from both the Postdoc and a Research Advisor.  Therefore, we encourage you to identify a Research Advisor early in the process, seeking his/her feedback on the proposal and confirming the willingness of the Advisor and host institution to support the fellowship appointment, as indicated in the application instructions at

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!

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:

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