A major strength of the existing SimCenter is its general expertise in computational science and applications methodologies that are broadly applicable both in new problem areas and in other disciplines. It is much easier for experienced computational engineers with appropriate guidance to learn and adapt to simulations in new physical disciplines than it is for discipline experts without computational experience to learn and adapt to computational simulation. Consequently, seeded efforts both in new areas and in other disciplines involving the combination of experienced computational experts together with scientists who are expert in the required discipline (physics, chemistry, biology for instance) can be very effective in generating new opportunities for research contributions and funding.
The core computational expertise of the SimCenter will thus be leveraged through interdisciplinary collaborations between researchers who are experts in computational simulation, and collaborators who are experts in other disciplines or experts in a particular application area. These efforts can involve faculty from within the UT System as well as external collaborators to develop and demonstrate new competitive and marketable research capabilities. Promising examples of new research areas include nanotechnology, biotechnology, atmospheric and ocean sciences, and hydrology. Existing UTC faculty in engineering, computer science, mathematics, chemistry, biological sciences, and physics provide sources for possible collaboration in developing these new areas. There are also interesting possibilities that existing computational expertise can be leveraged through innovative collaborations with faculty from education and business.