Tackle Emerging Problems

The Computational Science and Engineering (CS&E) PhD Program engages faculty and students in interdisciplinary research and teaching that focuses on computational aspects of science and engineering. The CS&E program is unique in that it produces researchers who can understand both scientific and/or engineering problems and the computational theories and methods needed to implement solutions to these problems.

According to a recent conference of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, "Computational Science and Engineering (CS&E) is now widely accepted, along with theory and experiment, as the critical third pillar of scientific discovery."

This distinctive degree tackles emerging problems in engineering and science through the investigation and application of current software and hardware technologies. This degree's flexibility, unique status as "non-departmental", and interdisciplinary breadth gives students the resources and environment to explore challenges in:

  • Energy efficiency—combustion processes and emissions
  • Environmental studies—ground, water, and air pollution
  • Molecular Dynamics, Density Functional Theory—simulation of atomic, molecular, and mechanical behavior
  • Computational Chemistry—simulation of chemical processes
  • Bioinformatics—genetic sequencing and recombinant studies
  • Social simulation
  • Weather forecasting
  • National Defense—bio/chemical terrorism, intelligence

Projects include mechanical behavior of aerospace-grade polymer composites and aluminum alloys, modeling and control of hybrid electric vehicles, three dimensional simulation of flow in ceramic injection molding, computational simulations of forced and natural convection turbulent flows, complex embedded electronic systems, land-use modeling, advanced programming, seismic source mechanisms of tectonic and volcanic earthquakes, mining of large-scale biological data, atmospheric chemistry, finite element analysis, and so much more.

Computational Science and Engineering Research Institute


CSERI was created in 2002 as a home for researchers to collaborate on computational problems and techniques of common interest, to facilitate the development of long-range research programs, to support the CS&E PhD program. CSERI provides access to medium- and large-scale computational facilities that would not otherwise be available.

For more information on specific research interests of our computational science and engineering faculty members, please see Focus Areas or Faculty.