Clarkson University Awarded NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate Site on HPC

February 18, 2019

Feb. 18 — Clarkson University has recently been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant for hosting a Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Site entitled “High Performance Computing with Engineering Applications.” This exciting new REU site will fund talented undergraduate students for ten weeks in the summer to work with experienced faculty mentors to investigate novel HPC solutions for engineering problems. Professors Daqing Hou and Yu Liu of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will co-lead the REU site.

The field of High Performance Computing (HPC) is critical to national security, scientific discovery, and technological innovation. The goal of the project is to encourage 30 talented undergraduate students to pursue graduate study and careers in HPC by engaging them in exciting, ongoing research projects and by cultivating their talents during ten-week summer research experiences and beyond. Sixteen ongoing research projects available for students are innovative and share the common theme of societally relevant engineering applications that originate from disciplines as diverse as aeronautical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, software engineering, and applied mathematics.

Students will be recruited from institutions that offer limited or no research opportunities in HPC, such as historically minority colleges and universities, and mentored by experienced faculty with expertise in HPC applications. They will receive specialized training in the design and development of HPC applications that are rooted in and motivated by engaging engineering innovations. This specialized training will provide the students with technical and analytical skills in mathematical modeling, algorithmic development, and parallel and distributed programming, which will benefit them in future pursuits such as graduate study or industry work. The quality of this training is further reinforced by additional professional development activities, including an HPC crash course, field trips, invited speakers, weekly group meetings, and a mentor training workshop for faculty. Seminars in career development, literature search, technical writing, and graduate school advisement, are also integrated into the program, and all student participants will be given the opportunity to attend and present in professional conferences.

The Clarkson HPC REU site is accepting applications now (deadline: March 25, 2019). More details about applying to this REU site can be found at: http://reu-hpc.clarkson.edu

Read more about the award at https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1852102

About Clarkson University

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.


Source: Clarkson University

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