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Why is UTC's Computational Engineering Program Unique?

Our MS/PhD program is unique because it is organized as a single graduate-level department, with its own CmE faculty and integrated research center that emphasizes team research among faculty and students who use modeling and simulation to solve complex real-world engineering/science problems.

The CmE program specializes in computational field simulation for engineering/science problems whose underlying physical phenomena varies with space and time, such as solid/fluid mechanics, thermodynamics/energy, and electromagnetics.

The CmE curriculum integrates engineering analysis and design, applied computational mathematics, and applied scientific computing.

The curriculum prepares students to contribute on interdisciplinary teams to develop or apply software tools and systems that encompass interdisciplinary topics including

  • Computational geometry and grid generation
  • Physical and mathematical modeling
  • Solution algorithms and methodology
  • Mathematics of computation
  • High-performance computing
  • Scientific visualization
  • Computational design and optimization
  • Software systems and user interfaces
  • Analysis, interpretation, synthesis and use of computed results to solve practical problems


The program’s twenty-three interdisciplinary faculty members conduct team research in the National SimCenter

The faculty is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in computational fluid dynamics and has interdisciplinary expertise in computational engineering and scientific supercomputing. It has established, within academia, a culture of team research and real-world problem solving.

Each individual student research topic is integrated with the overall SimCenter research program.  Students thereby participate in team research and interact with multiple faculty members and other students, preparing CmE graduates for work on interdisciplinary teams.