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CRSC Industrial Applied Mathematics Programs

The Center for Research in Scientific Computation, in cooperation with the Department of Mathematics, sponsors a university/industrial research project program. This program has been informally underway for the past several years and has exceeded optimistic expectations in regard to the benefits provided for students, postdocs, faculty, and industrial partners. The main goal of the program, called the Industrial Applied Mathematics Program (IAMP), is to provide substantive non-academic research-related experiences for graduate students, postdoctoral and faculty participants while contributing to the research efforts of industrial participants. These experiences, involving a year-long participation in an industrial, governmental lab or agency or other non-academic research project, facilitates the development of participants' ability to communicate and interact with scientists who are not traditional mathematicians but who have an interest in quantitative aspects of science and engineering. These experiences improve graduate student and faculty vision about the type of mathematics and science that should be pursued by students who aspire to a non-academic postgraduate career.

The IAMP is open to graduate students, postdocs and faculty who commit to appropriate projects. The projects may or may not be related to a student's thesis research (if he or she is in the thesis stage of their program). Student participants normally are enrolled in one of the mathematics Ph.D. programs or are associated with faculty who are members of the CRSC. The 2000-2001 program involved appoximately 23 projects, 14 faculty, 4 postdocs, 20-25 graduate students and included the following collaborators & projects:

  • Lord Corporation:

    • Smart Materials/nonlinear elastomers.
    • Design of thermally conductive composite adhesives.
    • Design of polymers, MR fluids.
    • Fluidics design for noise suppression.

  • US Air Force Research Laboratory (Brooks):

    • Pharmacokinetic modeling of toxin pathways: intake, metabolism, and elimination in humans (dioxin, TCE).
    • Electromagnetic interrogation of dielectric materials including tissue.

  • US Army Waterways Experiement Station :

    • Modeling of flow in porous media.

  • NASA Langley Research Center:

    • Modeling of high performance smart material actuators.
    • Detection and characterization of damage in structures using SQUIDS.
    • Design of smart endoscopes.

  • Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology (CIIT):

    • Modeling of toxic chemicals in humans (i. benzene, ii. genistein).

  • Aerospace Corporation:

    • Modeling of advanced digital communication systems.

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

    • Modeling and simulation of air flow with suspended particles through branched and partially obstructed airways in the lungs.
    • PBPK modeling of TCE.

  • ETREMA Products Inc.:

    • Magnetostrictive transducer implementation.

  • Battelle Memorial Institute:

    • Modeling of high performance actuators.

  • The Boeing Company:

    • Numerical methods for software design and control.

  • Innovative Technology Applications Co.:

    • Reduced order modeling and control design in aeroacoustic flows.

  • Lockheed Martin:

    • Modeling of nonlinear and hysteretic smart material transducers.
    • Adaptive optics.

  • MedAcoustics:

    • Modeling and detection of stenosis in cardiac arteries.

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS):

    • Cell kinetic models in developmental toxicology.

  • Jenike & Johanson Inc.:

    • Modeling of granular flows.

  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:

    • Modeling of HIV
    • Statistical methodologies for inverse problems.

  • US Air Force Research Laboratory (Eglin AFB):

    • Modeling of insect flight (Robo-fly).


A committee, consisting of Dr. Julie Kimbell (CIIT), Dr. Lynn Yanyo (Lord Corp.), and Prof. Hien Tran (NCSU), serves to administer this program. Interested parties can contact the CRSC director, Dr. H.T. Banks, for further information or to express an interest in participation.




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