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14 Illinois researchers selected for NCSA Fellowships

Fourteen faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been selected to receive one-year fellowships that will enable their research teams to pursue collaborative projects with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

NCSA’s fellowship program aims to catalyze and develop long-term collaborations between the center and campus researchers, particularly in the center’s six thematic areas of research: Bioinformatics and Health Sciences, Computing and Data Sciences, Culture and Society, Earth and Environment, Materials and Manufacturing, and Physics and Astronomy.

The 2015-2016 NCSA Faculty Fellows and their projects are:

  • Aleksei Aksimentiev (associate professor, Physics)
    Patchwork Molecular Dynamics: A New Paradigm for Hardware-Accelerated Large-Scale All-Atom Simulations of Biological Systems
  • William Barley (assistant professor, Communication)
    Interdisciplinary Work in a Highly Technical Context: Uncovering Successful Strategies and Potential Costs of Collaboration
  • Davide Curreli (assistant professor, Nuclear Plasma and Radiological Engineering)
    Development of an HPC Platform for Plasma-Material Interactions and Nanostructuring
  • Jana Diesner (assistant professor, Library and Information Science)
    Predictive Modeling for Impact Assessment
  • Larry Di Girolamo (professor, Atmospheric Sciences)
    The Terra Data Fusion Project
  • Ahmed Elbanna (assistant professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    At the Interface of Chemistry and Mechanics: Multiscale Modeling of Crack Dynamics in a New Class of Self-Healing Materials
  • Elif Ertekin (assistant professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering) and Lucas Wagner (research assistant professor, Physics)
    QMCDB: A Living Database to Accelerate Worldwide Development & Usage of Quantum Monte Carlo Methods
  • Andrew Ferguson (assistant professor, Materials Science and Engineering)
    Computational Design of Hepititis C Virus Vaccine Immunogens
  • Karrie Karahalios (professor, Computer Science) and Kevin Hamilton (professor, Art & Design)
    From Algorithmic Awareness to Algorithmic Action
  • Amy Marshall-Colon (assistant professor, Plant Biology)
    Plants in silico: A multi-scale modeling platform
  • Paul Ricker (associate professor, Astronomy)
    Using Accelerator Hardware to Improve Subresolution Modeling in Astrophysical Simulations
  • Joaquin Vieira (assistant professor, Astronomy)
    The Dark Energy Survey + The South Pole Telescope: Combining Data Sets and Building Collaborations

For abstracts of these projects and more information about the NCSA Fellowship program, visit:

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