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Gregor Weber

(Photo Above) Graduate student Gregor Weber benefits from the research opportunities offered by the SiViRT Center.

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Integrating computer simulation research

A collaborative group of UTSA researchers won a $5 million grant in August from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish the Simulation, Visualization and Real-time Prediction (SiViRT) Center for interdisciplinary computer-based research, education and training. The five-year grant, funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, is the largest stimulus award UTSA has ever received.

“The SiViRT Center will offer a platform for engineering, science, statistics, biology and medicine experts from across the university and South Texas to conduct fundamental and collaborative research with real-world applications,” said Efstathios (Stathis) Michaelides, the grant’s principal investigator and professor and chair of the UTSA Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The UTSA SiViRT Center aims to integrate the computer simulation research currently conducted in the College of Engineering and College of Sciences; provide infrastructure for interdisciplinary programs in computational research; develop collaborative relations within UTSA, with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and with other regional, national and international institutions; attract minority and graduate students to engineering and science careers; and prepare the next generation of engineers and scientists to solve scientific and engineering challenges using computer-based methods, systems and simulations.

- Christi Fish

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