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Computational Engineering

Tackling grand challenge societal problems through modeling, simulation and engineering problem-solving

Computational engineers use computers and advanced computational methods to analyze and solve engineering problems.

Our research in computational engineering is advancing a broad range of fields including energy, environment, aerospace, biomedical and autonomous systems.

An Overview: Computational Engineering

What is Computational Engineering?

Credit: from the Cockrell School of Engineering

Examples of Oden Institute research in Computational Engineering

Research is multifaceted, ranging from foundational advances in theory, methods and algorithms, to real-world impact in societal grand challenge problems.

digital twin aircraft

Digital twins of engineering systems from aircraft to the near-earth orbital space environment

Spectral wave modeling

Spectral wave modeling: The interactions between winds, the sea floor, circulation, and waves transfer significant amounts of energy that impacts both magnitude and timing of storm surge. The modeling of these complex interactions and phenomena is challenging as the physics of waves in space and time are accompanied by spectral effects.

Compound Flooding Model Development

Compound Flooding Model Development

Working with partners

Oden Institute faculty members have been centrally involved in the design and offering of UT Austin’s Bachelor of Science in Computational Engineering degree, offered by the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.

The ADvanced CIRculation modeling framework (ADCIRC) is a research partnership into coastal ocean storm surge modeling developed through collaboration between Dr. Clint Dawson at the Computational Hydraulics Group (CHG) and the University of Notre Dame, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Carolina State University, the University of Oklahoma, and UT’s Center for Space Research. Other ADCIRC partners include US Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, The Water Institute and the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

AEOLUS: Advances in Experimental Design, Optimization and Learning for Uncertain Complex Systems is a U.S. Department of Energy Mathematical Multifaceted Integrated Capabilities Center (MMICC) led by the Oden Institute and also involving researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Texas A&M University.

The Oden Institute Center for Predictive Engineering and Computational Science is leading the development of high-fidelity simulations of inductively coupled plasma (ICP) torches as part of the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program.

News in brief

Oden Institute Joins the Forty for 40 Party

News

Sept. 22, 2021

Oden Institute Joins the Forty for 40 Party

  • First time Oden Institute participates in 40 hours for the Forty Acres  
  • Annual UT Austin fundraising event now in its ninth year

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Junking orbital junk? The mind behind ASTRIAGraph Moriba Jah

Media Coverage

Sept. 20, 2021

Junking orbital junk? The mind behind ASTRIAGraph Moriba Jah

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Researchers to Develop Digital Twin Platform for Enhanced Storm Mitigation

News

Sept. 8, 2021

Researchers to Develop Digital Twin Platform for Enhanced Storm Mitigation

  • Department of Energy funds development of computational “digital twin” framework for storm surge prediction 
  • Integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to improve accuracy 

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Introducing The 2021 Fellowship…

Feature

Aug. 31, 2021

Introducing The 2021 Fellowship…

  • 2021 Peter O'Donnell, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellows bring variety of new skillsets and diverse research interests
  • Scope of projects range from computational modeling at atomic scale to development of tsunami simulation techniques

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Thomas Hughes Honored by Japan Association for Computational Mechanics

News

Aug. 30, 2021

Thomas Hughes Honored by Japan Association for Computational Mechanics

  • Peter O'Donnell, Jr. Chair in Computational and Applied Mathematics inducted with Tayfun Tezduyar from Rice University
  • Tezduyar and Hughes first non-Japanese so honored by JACM

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Carey Scholarship 2021 Marcos Botto Tornielli

News

July 21, 2021

Carey Scholarship 2021 Marcos Botto Tornielli

  • Carey Scholarship goes to 22-year-old Computational Engineering student at UT’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
  • Future plans to pursue PhD focused on modeling environmental fluid flows

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Living Near A Superfund Site Could Cut Life Short

Media Coverage

April 20, 2021

Living Near A Superfund Site Could Cut Life Short

https://www.futurity.org/superfund-sites-life-expectancy-2551662/

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Communities Living Near Polluted Superfund Sites Have Lower Life Expectancy

News

April 16, 2021

Communities Living Near Polluted Superfund Sites Have Lower Life Expectancy

  • Superfund sites could reduce the life expectancy for people living nearby by as much as 1.2 years
  • Fiirst nationwide study of its kind, researchers used advanced statistical modeling techniques to examine the impact of contaminated areas in unprecedented detail.

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When Two Parallel Lines Intersect

Profile

Feb. 24, 2021

When Two Parallel Lines Intersect

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Computational Engineering Alumnus Pursues Graduate Studies in Oncology

News

Aug. 4, 2020

Computational Engineering Alumnus Pursues Graduate Studies in Oncology

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