The Center’s research and educational program is organized around vertically integrated projects featuring core research, thematic research, and outreach activities.
The Core of our basic research program focuses on two objectives: producing cutting-edge software tools for the next-generation HPC environments, and developing innovative computational methodologies that harness the power of these new environments for the solution of some of the most challenging problems in engineering and science. These are typically multi-disciplinary and multi-scale. Unraveling their intricacies requires high-fidelity numerical models and simulations. Exploiting their solutions in an engineering setting requires the reduction of the dimensionality of these computational models.
Our Core research currently complements and supports four basic research themes. The Computational Blast and Ballistics for Systems Theme addresses the Under Body Blast problem. This theme is relevant to many other applications such as extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for kidney stones, and ultrasonic precision cleaning. The Medical Theme leverages the recent meteoric rise of computational biotechnology and its application to medical problems. It currently focuses on studying blood microcirculation and flow in the lungs, examining the deposition of pathogens in the respiratory tract, and assessing the effects of under body blasts on vehicle crews. The Computational Materials Theme looks at piezoelectric materials and chemically doped graphene, and focuses on multiscale studies of the electronic and optical properties of materials. It has vast applications in nanodevices, electronic materials, and materials under dynamic stresses.
Our Outreach activities constitute an important part of our Program for two major reasons: they support the development of future Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education efforts, and assist Minority Serving Institutions in building their curriculum as well as enhancing their research capabilities in computational science.
Through the research and educational activities outlined above, AHPCRC has made each year stellar contributions not only to engineering and science, but also to the development of the future engineers and scientists that our society needs. We keep looking forward for the next challenges.