Moncrief Grand Challenge Faculty Awards

2016 Grand Challenge Awardees

Thomas Hughes, professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics; Chandrajit Bajaj, professor of computer science; Mary Wheeler, professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, and of petroleum and geosystems engineering; and Ofodike Ezekoye, professor of mechanical engineering.

Faculty receive the Oden Institutes’  W. A. "Tex" Moncrief Grand Challenge Awards, based on their highly compelling research proposals related to the Grand Challenges in computational engineering and sciences that affect the competitiveness and international standing of the nation.

The list of Grand Challenges appropriate for submission under this program is very broad and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Computational Medicine and Biomedicine (Cardiovascular Engineering, Laser Treatment of Cancer)
  • Next Generation of Energy Sources (Bio Fuels, Fuel Cells, Solar Energy)
  • Carbon Sequestration Methods
  • Water Sustainability
  • Drug Design and Delivery
  • Advanced Materials
  • Modeling of Rising Seas
  • Nano-Science and Engineering (Nano-manufacturing Processes);
  • Weather Prediction
  • National Security

The number of awards made each year will vary depending on the proceeds of the endowment.

Recipients are expected to prepare a final report summarizing their accomplishments. In addition, opportunities will be available to present research accomplishments in the Oden Institute Seminar Series.

Call for Proposals: February 1 (Annually)

Proposal Deadline: March 1 (Annually)

Selections will be announced the week following spring break.

For questions regarding this program, please contact Jon Bass: bass@ices.utexas.edu.