New CITRIS Theme: Computational Science and Engineering

Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) is a collaborative program in multidisciplinary research and education. It was developed and is supported by the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), the Computing Sciences Directorate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), and the College of Engineering, the College of Letters and Science, the College of Chemistry, and the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California (UC) Berkeley.

Cal CSE provides a framework for enhanced support of collaborative research projects involving CSE researchers and students from its three organizational partners. The program will educate students to better perform and effectively execute computationally intensive research across many fields of science and engineering.

Traditional academic departments are well structured to train students in one or perhaps two fields, but the cross-disciplinary nature of CSE requires a much broader approach. The essential elements of this program include an approved cluster of graduate courses that prepare the student for advanced work in CSE, mechanisms for cross-disciplinary research and education, and a PhD thesis in a science or engineering discipline that is highly computational in nature and is advised by faculty members from multiple departments with diverse interests and skills. Cal CSE is administered by CITRIS and the Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Directorate.