Noting that international business continues to be starved of high-technology experts, Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year and CEO of the world’s top performing private equity firm, Vista Equity Partners, Robert F. Smith, said “There are 7.6 billion people on the planet, but only 19 million of them know how to write code.”
The Oceanography division of the Naval Research Laboratory is currently searching for postdoctoral researchers with interest in high performance computing. This group develops numerical ocean models on HPC platforms for the purposes of environmental forecasting. If any students or even curious faculty would like to discuss, please contact Gregg Jacobs ( gregg.jacobs [@] nrlssc.navy.mil ). See attachment for more details.
Professor Shane Henderson (ORIE) has been named the Tau Beta Pi Professor of the Year. Tau Beta Pi is an engineering honor society. Once a year, it recognizes a tenure-track professor as one of the college’s most outstanding teachers. Professors are nominated by their students and selected by Tau Beta Pi. In Fall 2015, Shane Henderson taught ORIE 4580 Simulation Modeling and Analysis.
In addition to his teaching prowess, the Henderson lab focuses on research and learning in the theory and application of stochastic simulation and applied probability, and their interface with optimization techniques. Much of his motivation comes from contributing to projects with strong societal relevance, including bike sharing, medical scheduling and ambulance planning.
Congratulations to Olivier Desjardins, associate professor (MAE), who has been selected to receive the International Conference on Multiphase Flow Junior Award. The award will be presented at the conference in Florence, Italy, on May 26. The Desjardins group focuses on predicting turbulent reacting multiphase flows using massively parallel numerical simulations. To model realistic engineering devices, they design new physical models, and combine them with novel numerical methods designed for high scalability, so that large-scale computing resources can be exploited to perform world-class parallel simulations of concrete engineering problems.
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Assistant Professor Nandini Ananth was recently awarded an NSF Early CAREER award which provides her with 5 years of funding to study the transport of electrons and energy in semiconductor materials. Her group develops new theoretical methods that provide computationally efficient approximations to otherwise intractable problems. Her group’s long-term goal is to develop theoretical and computational methods that will uncover the design principles that underlie the behavior of materials suitable for use in renewable energy production and storage. The educational component of her award will involve reaching out to high-need schools to develop lesson plans that incorporation mathematical tools in science classrooms.
The CAREER award is NSF’s most prestigious award for junior faculty who “exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education … Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.”
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It’s the understatement of the year, but the Cornell physicist, Saul Teukolsky, who demonstrated the existence of gravitational waves, as predicted 100 years ago by Einstein, said: “This is something people have been looking for, for a long time.” Teukolsky is the Hans A. Bethe Professor of Physics and Astrophysics. The ground-breaking paper in Physical Review Letters by the LIGO and VIRGO groups who observed the two black holes colliding compared their data to a model created and refined by Teukolsky and a Cornell group, Simulation of eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS). These researchers have been using supercomputers to create models of black holes collisions since 2000, when such tasks became feasible. As quoted in a recent Cornell Chronicle article, http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/02/cornell-theorists-affirm-gravitational-wave-detection, Teukolsky writes: “This is something I’ve been working on ever since I came to Cornell. This is probably the most exciting episode in my professional career.” It’s a triumph for the power of supercomputing simulation and modeling. A computer simulation showing the collision of two black holes can be viewed at http://www.cornell.edu/video/simulation-two-black-holes-colliding.
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Adam Efe Gencer, a graduate student in Cornell’s College of Information Sciences, won the best student paper award at the 2015 ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware conference for his study “Configuring Distributed Computations Using Response Surfaces,” co-authored by Cornell researchers David Bindel, Emin Gun Sirer and Robbert van Renesse.
Intel Corporation has committed to a donation of roughly 300 computer chips worth in the neighborhood of one million dollars, split between Cornell’s Institute for Computational Science and Engineering and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The first shipment of 60 chips arrived in September and most have already been made into working systems. These machines are working on a variety of engineering projects ranging from the design of new perovskite solar cells to the fluid dynamics governing electrospun materials for energy storage devices.