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UTSA wins $5 million for new Simulation, Visualization and Real-Time Prediction Center
Date:9/1/2009

San Antonio A collaborative team of researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio has won a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish the Simulation, Visualization and Real-time Prediction (SiViRT) Center for interdisciplinary, computer-based research, education and training. The five-year grant, which is funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, is the largest stimulus award UTSA has received to date.

"The SiViRT Center will offer a platform for engineering, science, statistics, biology and medicine experts from across the university and South Texas to conduct fundamental and collaborative research with real-world applications," said Efstathios (Stathis) Michaelides, the grant's principal investigator and professor and chair of the UTSA Department of Mechanical Engineering. "In addition, by offering lectures, scholarships and the opportunity to work on serious research projects, the SiViRT Center will attract students of all levels, from those attending high school on up to those pursuing their doctorate degrees."

UTSA's SiViRT Center aims to:

Integrate the computer simulation research that UTSA currently conducts in the College of Engineering and College of Sciences Provide infrastructure and leadership to develop interdisciplinary programs in computational research and education Develop collaborative relations within UTSA, with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and with other regional, national and international institutions Attract minority and graduate students to engineering and science careers Enhance the diversity of UTSA graduate programs by improving the retention of underrepresented minorities Prepare the next generation of engineers and scientists to solve scientific and engineering challenges using computer-based methods, systems and simulations

Because of its interdisciplinary nature, the SiViRT center will not be housed in one
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Contact: Christi Fish
christi.fish@utsa.edu
210-458-7584
University of Texas at San Antonio
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