Georgia Tech Creates New Ph.D. Program in Computational Science And Engineering

February 12, 2008

ATLANTA (February 6, 2008) – The Colleges of Computing, Engineering, and Sciences at Georgia Tech today announced the creation of a new doctoral degree in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE), a cooperative, truly interdisciplinary effort between the three academic units spearheaded by the Computational Science and Engineering division in the College of Computing. Combined with a Master’s degree program in CSE, Georgia Tech now offers a comprehensive post-graduate study program that explores the full scope of this expanding field.

“Computation has become widely accepted as the third mode of discovery, along with theory and experimentation, in the advancement of scientific knowledge,” said Richard Fujimoto, Regents’ Professor and Chair of the Computational Science and Engineering division in the College of Computing. “Computation, through modeling, simulation, analysis and its other forms, is essential in creating new applications with great impact on the sustainable growth of cities, the design of power-efficient buildings, the creation of new biomedical devices, the eradication of life-threatening diseases and other issues of great social importance. Through the study of phenomena as large as the universe, or the engineering of systems as small as nanomaterials, breakthroughs in the CSE field will be the catalyst for future innovations that affect society and culture on a global scale.”

Georgia Tech is an established leader in the fields of engineering and sciences, and is quickly becoming recognized for defining the direction of the computing discipline. Interdisciplinary in nature, this new degree program will capitalize on the talented faculty and wealth of resources that exist in these three areas and enable students to take best advantage of the growing number of career opportunities in this field. Approximately 10 candidates per year are expected to be admitted, gradually building the program to 50 enrolled students. Georgia Tech currently has over 80 faculty actively engaged in CSE research.

The new CSE doctoral program begins with core computational science and engineering research requirements, along with dedicated components to solidify each student’s competency within a variety of computing specializations. Students must take at least four courses from the following five areas of study: numerical and scientific computing, computational science and engineering algorithms, modeling and simulation, computational data analysis and visualization, and high performance computing. As the student’s research progresses, he/she will then select a primary computational area of focus, a course of study in some application domain, as well as a qualifier examination and, finally, the completion of a dissertation.

About the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech
The College of Sciences at Georgia Tech includes seven schools: Applied Physiology, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences,
Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology plus the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC), which works with K-12 schools
and teachers to improve Georgia science and mathematics education. For more information about the College, please visit www.cos.gatech.edu

About the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech
The College of Engineering at Georgia Tech is the largest engineering program in the U.S. and ranked 4th among the country’s best graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report. A respected leader in interdisciplinary research and education, the College of Engineering grants the highest number of engineering degrees in the nation across nine fields of study. For more information about the programs in the College of Engineering, please visit www.coe.gatech.edu.

About the College of Computing at Georgia Tech
The College of Computing at Georgia Tech is a national leader in the creation of real-world computing breakthroughs that drive social and scientific progress. With its graduate program ranked 11th nationally by U.S. News and World Report, the College’s unconventional approach to education is defining the new face of computing by expanding the horizons of traditional computer science students through interdisciplinary collaboration and a focus on human centered solutions. For more information about the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, its academic divisions and research centers, please visit www.cc.gatech.edu.

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For more information, contact:

Stefany Wilson

College of Computing at Georgia Tech

404.894.7253

stefany [at] cc [dot] gatech [dot] edu

www.cc.gatech.edu