Computational Science

It is an interdisciplinary area where science, engineering, computation, mathematics, and collaboration become a key combination to address our complex research problems. With the exaflop machine computing on the horizon and current supercomputing capabilities, simulations can now be performed on what were previously unthinkable scales. Such resources are the core that we are building on and must be as powerful as our ingenuity can make them. This new development pushes us outside our comfort zone and forces us to think in the new ways. The program will produce graduates skilled in techniques such as mathematical modeling, algorithmic design, computer simulation, scientific visualization, statistical processing of big data sets, and high-performance computing on parallel and distributed systems.

The University of Texas at El Paso offers studies leading to PhD or MS degrees in Computational Science (CPS). Due to the interdisplinary nature of computational science across departmental and college boundaries, this endeavor is leading to an integrated knowledge base for effective solutions of complex and diverse problems, where high-performance and high-throughput computing plays an imperative role. It is an exhilarating time at UTEP as we become a productive program in training this new generation of computational scientists that are in demand nationally and internationally.

 Director's Message

The Computational Science program, launched in 2008, currently has 45 faculty members from different disciplines in the Colleges of Science and Engineering; they contribute to this program by designing and teaching courses, leading research and curriculum development efforts, establishing computational and experimental facilities, and mentoring students. Along with new developing technologies, computational science has been growing fast in the past decades, providing increasingly important problem-solving tools for these research endeavors.

We witness rapid advances of new data-enabled research areas in bioscience and bioengineering, chemistry and forensic science, computer science and electrical engineering, finance and business management, geology and ecoinformatics, physics and mechanical engineering, and atmospheric modeling and space exploration. Working with my colleagues to develop computational science at UTEP has been an exciting and rewarding experience. As more new students are joining our program, we continue to further broaden our interactions with other research areas.

Dr. Ming-Ying Leung
Director, Computational Science