$15M to fund Aerospace Professors working with MICDE

Michigan Aerospace Professors Collaborate with U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory

Congratulations to Michigan Aerospace professors working at the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering on their recent five-year, $15 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). This collaborative effort ties together the University of Michigan and the New Mexico-based laboratory to develop advanced computing technologies to address some of the world’s most complex challenges facing today’s society. 

These technologies will include artificial intelligence and sophisticated modeling techniques to not only solve environmental and aerospace challenges but also help modeling the spread of infectious diseases. This collaboration will provide LANL researchers with access to U-M’s suite of custom generative AI tools, developed by the university’s Information & Technology Services team in an effort to foster a spirit of innovation.

Karthik Duraisamy, a professor with U-M Aerospace Engineering and director of the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering, is one of the principal investigators on the project. He stated that although significant advances in computational algorithms and computer hardware have been made, much of the potential of modeling and simulations remains to be realized. 

The work of Duraisamy and his team of researchers, including U-M Aerospace Professors Alex Gorodetsky, Venkat Viswanathan and Venkat Raman, offers a unique opportunity to harness the breadth and depth of expertise from across U-M and LANL. The goal of this partnership is to create a vertically integrated solution working to unlock unmet needs in scientific discovery and engineering design.

Although the research they are conducting is foundational, the focus is mainly on transformational advances in scientific computing. Initially, the team will use various methods to explore the fundamental physics of fusion and potential impact it has on clean energy and basic processes in stellar evolution. 

The following U-M faculty members are co-principal investigators on this research project: Reetuparna Das, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Alex Gorodetsky, assistant professor of aerospace engineering; Brendan Kochunas, assistant professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences; and Scott Mahlke, professor of electrical engineering and computer science. The team also includes faculty and students from the College of Engineering and LSA.

Find out more details surrounding this effort from MICDE.