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1 Perspectives on Growing a Graduate Program in Computational Science CASC Meeting, Oct. 4, 2012 Terry Moore Innovative Computing Laboratory, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2 Innovative Computing Laboratory 2

3 A Computational Science UTK 3 Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science

4 A simple conception of Computational Science 4

5 Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor Interdisciplinary Digitalization and networking have encouraged interdisciplinary activities —— breaking down silos Graduate Each of the areas in the triangle has a core curriculum But there is no core curriculum for Computational Science Minor Complementary knowledge/skill/expertise to main area of specialization Goes on student’s transcript; part of the official record 5

6 Requirements for Students General Idea: Students have a “home” area for their major degree; IGMCS minor requires a combination of courses “outside of home.” Masters Level: Requires 9 hours (3 courses) from IGMCS area S. 9 hours (3 courses) from the different areas. Students must take at least 3 hours (1 course) from each of the 2 non-home areas Doctoral level: Requires15 hours (5 courses) from the pools. At least 15 hours (5 courses) must be taken outside the student’s home area. Students must take at least 3 hours (1 course) from each of the 2 non-home areas 6 Mathematics and Statistics Computer And Information Science Domain Sciences

7 7 Internship Optional but strongly encouraged. Students in the program can fulfill 3 hrs. of their requirement through an Internship with researchers outside the student’s major. The internship may be taken offsite, e.g. ORNL, on campus (with a faculty member in another department), or in Industry. IGMCS students have interned at ORNL, Google, Microsoft & Intel. Internships must have the approval of the IGMCS Program Committee.

8 Machinery of our little slice of the Bureaucracy Student form shows the tailored process works Plan is agreed to Students execute/Pl ans can change Results are approved 8 Advisor and Liaison coordinate to tailor/adapt plan for student All relevant parties sign off when plan is completed

9 IGMCS Participating Departments DepartmentIGMCS Liaison Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology Dr. Cynthia Peterson/Dr. Harry Richards * Chemical and Biomedical EngineeringDr. David Keffer ChemistryDr. Robert Civil and Environmental EngineeringDr. Joshua Earth and Planetary SciencesDr. Edmund Ecology & Evolutionary BiologyDr. Paul Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Dr. Jack Dongarra * Dr. Greg Peterson Genome Science & TechnologyDr. Cynthia Peterson Geography Dr. Bruce Ralston (Nicholas Nagel) Information ScienceDr. Devendra Materials Science and EngineeringDr. James MathematicsDr. Vasilios Alexiades Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Eng.Dr. Kivanc PhysicsDr. Thomas StatisticsDr. Hamparsum

10 10 Program Administration IGMCS Program Committee (6 to 8 people ) Subset of the Program Faculty 1-2 representatives from each of the colleges involved Renewable 2 year terms Responsible for oversight: program requirements, approving courses and department programs, student course selection, etc. IGMCS Faculty Liaisons Any faculty member, assistant professor or above in rank, nominated by department head and approved by program committee Responsible for updating course lists, working with department faculty, student advising student research, serving on student committees Administrative Support A fraction of a person from the Center for Information Technology Res earch

11 How it Started 11 Chancellor says … Jack, I want a Computational Science Program! *Dec. 2004

12 Problem 1: Computational Science is not well defined intellectually 12 This side is well understood: “In every department of physical science there is only so much science, properly so- called, as there is mathematics.” ~Immanuel Kant Established and familiar disciplines; sometimes controversial where they are becoming computational CISE disciplines are new, evolving, disruptive to traditional academic structures

13 Problem 2: Disciplines that are well defined have academic turf 13

14 14 How it grew February 2005: Initial discussion with a few departments May 2005: Solicited input from departments on “ Certificate in Computational Science ” June 2005: Draft material sent to all interested parties October 2005: First campus organizing meeting for a UTK Computational Science program November 2005: Graduate Dean suggests modeling after Stat ’ s minor: Intercollegiate Graduate Minor in Statistics (IGMS) December 2005: Group meets and agrees on some initial version of the plan February 2006: Second Group meeting March 2006 Subcommittee formed to provide plan Plan circulated and agreed on Dean of Graduate School approves plan April 2006: “Buy in” from many parties May 2006: Curriculum Committee of the Graduate Council approval Fall 2006: Added to 2007 graduate catalogue; other departments join. January 2007: IGMCS enrolls its first students Step 1: Achieve common understanding Step 2: Find a model people already understand

15 Some Current Stats 30 students currently in the program 2 new students: 1 PhD in CEE, 1 MS in INSC 4 students received an IGMCS minor in summer PhD: Chemistry, Computer Science, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1 MS: Information Science 26 total graduates: 17 PhD, 9 MS Instrumental in 2 IGERT awards

16 Problem 3: Constant turnover of the technological base Everybody knows that computing power is increasing exponentially It’s now obvious that the observational basis of science --- the data--- is revolutionizing as well The collaborative infrastructure of science is clearly being revolutionized What is the role of the University in the age of Khan academy? 16

17 IGMCS life prospects It currently lives on a minimum of resources Volunteer efforts from IGMCS faculty participants Fractional administrative support from CITR, i.e. Jack’s center No core curriculum… but there could be, e.g. Essentials of programming “Software carpentry” Managing the digital data life cycle Domain X for non-domain X’ers Considering a full-blown PhD program Problem: Organizing for “Interdisciplnarity” means making the walls of the silos permeable 17

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