The Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin welcomed two local high school groups for a tour of the Oden Institute, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) VisLab and the Robotics lab. Students from the Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) toured on February 10th to learn about the Oden Institute's computing research in societal grand challenges across science, engineering and medicine. Students from Del Valle High School toured on March 24th, as part of a collaborative outreach project sponsored by NASA University Leadership Initiative (ULI).
The LASA students began their visit with a tour of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) VisLab housed within the Oden Institute. Director Karen Willcox gave students an overview of research being conducted in the areas in astronomy, climate, earthquakes and oncology. Oden Institute researchers Patrick Heimbach, Omar Ghattas, Stella Offner and Tom Yankeelov talked to the students about research by their respective centers and groups.