HCI Announces Computational Oncology Research Initiative (CORI)
It is our distinct pleasure to announce that Howard Colman, MD, PhD, Professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Medicine (Oncology) has been appointed as the inaugural Director of the Computational Oncology Research Initiative (CORI), a new collaboration between Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute.
Biomedical engineers in the laboratory of Christopher R. Butson, PhD at the Scientific Computing & Imaging (SCI) Institute are part of a team currently investigating the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat patients suffering from traumatic brain injury. The goal of this investigational therapy is to restore function through electrical stimulation. The first subject in this trial study is a woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of a car accident 18 years ago. Since undergoing DBS surgery, she has shown considerable improvements in her daily life, from experiencing less fatigue to improved cognitive function. This study demonstrates the potential impact of DBS therapy for others living with debilitating brain injuries.
Fellows are nominated each year by their peers and represent the top 2% of the medical and biological engineering community. They are considered the life-blood of AIMBE and work towards realizing AIMBE's vision to provide medical and biological engineering innovation for the benefit of humanity.
School of Computing professor Charles Hansen has been appointed as a Distinguished Professor of Computing at the University of Utah. The title of Distinguished Professor is a rare and prestigious honor granted by the University of Utah to faculty who meet the highest standards of scholarship, international stature, and dedication to teaching and service.
New Texas supercomputer to push the frontiers of science
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that it has awarded $60 million to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin for the acquisition and deployment of a new supercomputer that will be the fastest at any U.S. university and among the most powerful in the world.
The new system, known as Frontera (Spanish for "frontier"), will begin operations in 2019. It will allow the nation's academic researchers to make important discoveries in all fields of science, from astrophysics to zoology, and further establishes The University of Texas at Austin's leadership in advanced computing.
The SCI Institute is pleased to announce the addition of two new faculty members.
Timo Heister joins us as an assistant professor of mathematics. Timo is an applied mathematician and a computational scientist. His research centers around numerical analysis and the numerical solution of partial differential equations using the finite element method, which are used as mathematical models throughout the natural and biomedical sciences and engineering.
The University of Utah has announced that Christopher Johnson, Ph.D., will be stepping down from his role as director of the university's Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute. Johnson, a pioneer in the fields of visualization, scientific computing, and image analysis, will remain on the U's faculty as a distinguished professor of computer science and SCI Institute faculty member.
ISCE is devoted to the advancement of electrocardiology through the application of computer methods. Its Annual Conference, designed in the Gordon format, brings together scientists, clinicians, engineers and policy makers working in the field.
Shana Black and Kara Johnson receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Congratulations to Shana Black and Kara Johnson who both received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.
The ASME Committee of Past Presidents confers the Fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements.
Nominated by ASME Members and Fellows, an ASME Member has to have 10 or more years of active practice and at least 10 years of active corporate membership in ASME.
Ivan Sutherland Honored
Ivan Sutherland, a University of Utah computer science luminary who taught the likes of Ed Catmull, Alan Kay and was co-founder of the computer graphics firm, Evans & Sutherland, was honored with the Washington Award from the Western Society of Engineers. The award was handed out Feb. 23 during National Engineers Week at the 2018 Chicagoland Engineering Awards Benefit in Rosemont, Ill.
The Washington Award is given out annually to a professional engineer whose work has advanced the welfare of society. It was established in 1916.
Widely regarded as "The Father of Computer Graphics," Sutherland is known for his pioneering research in the development of graphics along with colleague David C. Evans, who became the University of Utah's first chair of the computer science department.
Sutherland earned his bachelor's in electrical engineering from then Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), a master's from the California Institute of Technology and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a professor of computer science at the U from 1968 to 1974 during the department's historic period in computer science which generated other well-known legends such as John Warnock, Jim Clark, Nolan Bushnell, as well as Catmull and Kay.