New School of CSE Hosts Convocation

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On Feb. 11, Georgia Tech’s School of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) celebrated its creation with the CSE Convocation.

The School of CSE, officially formed in May 2010 as one of three academic units of the College of Computing, was founded on the notion that computation has taken its place alongside theory and experimentation as one of the three paradigms for scientific discovery and innovation.   

“Formal creation of the school is a critical milestone capping the efforts of our faculty, staff and students over many years to create an academic home for individuals who have devoted their careers to this discipline,” said CSE Chair and Regents’ Professor Richard Fujimoto. “The school provides a platform to continue to grow interdisciplinary research and education in areas such as modeling and simulation, high performance computing and data analysis.”

CSE is, by definition, an interdisciplinary field, and multiple speakers who participated in the panel session at the event hold joint appointments in CSE and other units on campus. 

David Sherrill, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry with a joint appointment in CSE, extolled the virtues of having large-scale computing and data capabilities for computational chemistry on the quantum level on campus. These new capabilities, to be largely created through CSE’s efforts, allow for more accurate simulations and more advanced models in research areas such as bioinformatics and other health-related fields, he added.

Panelist Jeffrey Skolnick, director of the Center for the Study of Systems Biology and another CSE joint appointment, echoed Sherrill’s sentiments and discussed how the capabilities of the school could benefit biologists.  

CSE Professor Haesun Park, who also participated in the panel, said that, by making CSE into its own school, Georgia Tech has defined the model for other universities to emulate.

The event closed with a keynote address from David Keyes, dean of mathematical sciences and engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. 



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