Eight faculty-led projects spanning multiple departments at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have been awarded over $700,000 in support from the Center of Excellence in Applied Computational Science and Engineering (CEACSE).

A number of the funded proposals are interdisciplinary, with two UTC colleges represented among the eight proposals

CEACSE money is awarded annually on a competitive basis. The primary goal is to help develop new projects and skills in computational sciences.

The funding will run from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. The awards average $92,000 each.

Of the 23 proposals submitted for consideration, CEACSE was able to fund the following:

  • Fernado Alda (primary investigator) and Yu Liang: Identification and Prediction of Species Invasiveness Potential in the Gut Microbiome
  • David Giles (primary investigator) in collaboration with Steven Symes and Bradley Harris: From In Vitro to In Silico: Exploring the Therapeutic Potential of Antimicrobial Peptides on Exogenous Fatty Acid Modification of Bacterial Membranes
  • Hamdy Ibrahim (primary investigator) and Mohamad Mahtabi: Degradation Modeling of Coated Magnesium Towards Patient-Specific Biomedical Implants
  • Daniel Loveless (primary investigator) and Donald Reising: Anti-Tamper IC Forensics and RF-Level DIscrimiNation FOR IMproved Trust (INFORM)
  • Mohamad Mahtabi (primary investigator) and Hamdy Ibrahim: Development of Multi-Objectively Optimized Interatomic Potentials for Computational Design of High Temperature Actuator Materials
  • Ashley Manning-Berg (primary investigator) and Abdollah (Abi) Arabshahi: Decomposition Modeling of Microbial Mat Ecosystems to Quantify Earth’s Early Fossil Record
  • Hong Qin (primary investigator) in collaboration with Ziwei Ma and Azad Hossain: Addressing Sampling Biases in Genome-wide Association Study for SARS-CoV-2
  • Reetesh Ranjan (primary investigator): Modeling of Transition to Turbulence in Large Eddy Simulation using the Two Level Simulation Approach

In addition to funding, each CEACSE team will receive—at no cost to their budget—support for research computing, grant financial management and projection, ad hoc collaboration and networking opportunities, and follow-on grants support from SimCenter, as well as temporary research space, where applicable.

To learn more about the funded projects, visit  utc.edu/ceacse.


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