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For 21 years, MSI has hosted an Undergraduate Internship Program (UIP) that provides opportunities for students to learn about supercomputing and scientific research. The 2011 MSI UIP began in June and will continue until mid-August. Nine undergraduates from around the country are working with MSI Principal Investigators on projects in a number of fields using high-performance computing environments, especially visualization and computer graphics. Interns prepare a report and give a presentation about their work. This photo was taken at the weekly lunch seminar on June 28, hosted by Assistant Professor Ryan Elliott (Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. More information can be found on the UIP web page.
The research group of Professor Sean Garrick (MSI Fellow) at the Computational Transport Phenomena Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering uses MSI resources to model and simulate turbulent reacting flows. Jun Liu, a graduate student in the Garrick group, was a finalist in the poster competition at the recent MSI Research Exhibition. An article about his poster, which described direct numerical simulations of homogeneous metal vapor nucleation in practical flows, is planned for the Summer 2011 issue of the MSI Research Bulletin, which will be published in August 2011. The image above is taken from the poster. Pictures of all the Research Exhibition finalists can be found on the event webpage.
Fluid motion is classified as either laminar or turbulent. Flows that are smooth and ordered (laminar) may become complex and disordered (turbulent) as the flow speed increases, a process called transition to turbulence. Turbulent flow around cars, airplanes, and ships increases drag, which, in turn, forces vehicles to use more fuel and reduces the efficiency of wind-turbine blades. Assistant Professor Mihailo Jovanovic (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and his research group are developing theories and techniques for sensor-less flow control to prevent the transition to turbulence. An article about this work appears in the Spring 2011 MSI Research Bulletin. The image above shows how laminar flow around an aircraft wing or wind-turbine blade becomes complex and disordered as it moves away from the leading edge (e-fluids photo at bottom left by Miguel Visbal).
MSI researchers will present posters of their work at the 2011 MSI Research Exhibition on Monday, April 25, 1-3:30 p.m., on the fourth floor of Walter Library. The posters will be judged by a panel of MSI Principal Investigators and prizes will be awarded. Light refreshments will be served. We are very grateful to our sponsor, MathWorks, for their support of this event. More information can be found on the 2011 Research Exhibition webpage. The picture above, taken at the 2010 Research Exhibition, shows Ken Chen, a graduate student in the group of Professor Alexander Heger (Physics and Astronomy) talking about his award-winning poster with Professor Tom Jones (Astronomy, former MSI Interim Director). An article about Mr. Chen's research will appear in the Spring 2011 issue of the MSI Research Bulletin.
Galaxy is a framework developed at Penn State and adopted for use at the University of Minnesota as part of its core life sciences cyberinfrastructure. The Galaxy informatics tool provides the University's researchers with the necessary integrated environment to access data, run analytical workflows or pipelines, and share information. The initial focus of the installation is urgent needs in genomics research, and more specifically Next Generation Sequencing data analysis and data management. On February 16, 2011, the Galaxy informatics tool was opened for general access by University researchers. Dr. James Taylor from Emory University, a member of the original Galaxy team, gave two workshop presentations on Galaxy and its applications in genomics research. Dr. Anne-Francoise Lamblin, MSI's Research Informatics Support Systems Program Director (above), introduced the sessions. More information can be found at the Galaxy website.