Clarkson University awarded National Science Foundation high performance computing grant
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 10:28 am

Daqing Hou, left, and Yu Liu . Clarkson University | Submitted

POTSDAM -- Clarkson University has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant to mentor students in “High Performance Computing with Engineering Applications.”

The grant, for hosting a Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) web site, will fund talented undergraduate students for 10 weeks in the summer to work with experienced faculty to investigate novel high performance computing (HPC) solutions for engineering problems.

Professors Daqing Hou and Yu Liu of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will co-lead the REU site.

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 ongoing research projects and by cultivating their talents during 10-week summer research experiences and beyond.

There are 16 ongoing research projects that share the common theme of societally relevant engineering applications available for the students. The applications come 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 innovative HPC engineering applications. This 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: