The mission of the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences is to provide the infrastructure and intellectual leadership for developing outstanding interdisciplinary programs in research and graduate study in computational sciences and engineering and in information technology.
The Institute is now the home of 10 research centers in computational engineering and computational science and six active research groups. It manages a distinguished PhD program in Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics and a highly competitive postdoctoral fellowship program. The Institute hosts a unique visitors program, and since its inception in 1993, over 550 scholars specializing in various components of computational science and mathematics have visited the Institute and collaborated with Institute faculty, staff, and students on research projects of mutual interest.
The University's initiatives in these areas were made possible by the generous support of the University and a private foundation for a period of over 18 years. Institute activities began in 1993 with the establishment of TICAM, the Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics, which had at its core mathematics, engineering, and computer science, with some programs in the physical sciences. In 2003, investments of additional resources in the program were made and the scope was expanded to include chemistry and biochemistry, physics, biology, and the geological sciences, and the name of the Institute was changed to Oden Institute, to reflect the broader scope.
The programs of the Institute, both research and academic, sit outside the traditional organizational structures of the Colleges. The broad policies under which the Institute operates are overseen by the ODEN Institute Policy Board, chaired by the Vice President for Research. The Deans of the associated colleges are members of the board. An outside Board of Visitors reviews the activities of the Institute annually and makes a report to the University President. Internally, the Institute Advisory Board advise the Director on day–to–day issues affecting operations and budget. The Institute roster now lists around 275 individuals: 93 faculty teach in the CSEM Program, 68 graduate students were enrolled in the 2010-2011 Ph.D. Program, 47 Postdoctoral Fellows form the Oden Institute Program, 76 research staff including additional postdoctoral fellows, and an administrative and technical staff of 26 work in the Institute.
Organizationally, Oden Institute reports to the Vice President for Research, and draws its faculty from 18 participating academic departments and five schools and colleges.