Center of Excellence Distinguished Lecture Series Grants

The Center of Excellence in Applied Computational Science and Engineering (CEACSE) is now issuing a call for external speaker proposals for spring 2019 and beyond. The strategic goal of CEACSE is to provide seed funding to gain national recognition for UTC and for the SimCenter as a premier multidisciplinary research and education center for applied computational science and engineering.

The primary goal of the Distinguished Lecture Series is to enable strategic partnerships and sharing of research that will lead to new capabilities and extramural projects in the area of Computational Sciences. Talks will be held in the SimCenter auditorium, with a duration of 45 minutes plus Q&A, preceded by an informal reception. Attendance will be open to all UTC faculty, staff, and students.

A proposed speaker’s research should preferably align with one of the CEACSE priority areas, which are aligned with the research areas of the SimCenter:

  1. Additive & Advanced Manufacturing
  2. Aerospace & Defense Simulation
  3. Cybersecurity & Cyber-physical Systems (including Smart Cities applications)
  4. Energy & the Environment
  5. Health & Biological Systems
  6. High Performance Computing

Proposed speakers whose work falls outside of these areas are still eligible for funding, provided that their work relates to modeling and simulation, big data, and/or analytics. Any UTC faculty member may submit a proposal, and any individual outside UTC with appropriate expertise may be proposed as a speaker. Each faculty member may submit up to three proposals per academic year.

The maximum individual award amount is $2,500 and will cover travel expenses and a small honorarium for the speaker, as well as light refreshments for attendees. Each application should be submitted to and include the following: the speaker’s CV, a one-page description of why the speaker and their work are appropriate for the Distinguished Lecture Series (written by the proposing faculty member), and estimated travel costs.

Proposals submitted by 5:00pm on October 15, 2018, will receive priority for spring 2019 scheduling. After that date, proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and scheduled accordingly. Potential lecture dates may be included with the proposal but are not required; each accepted speaker visit must occur within one year of award.

Please contact Dr. Tony Skjellum ( with any questions about this opportunity.

Proposal Submission Deadline: 5:00pm on October 15, 2018, for Spring 2019; rolling thereafter

RFP Version 1.0; valid August 28, 2018 – May 1, 2020