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CSE Prize 2009 Awarded for rbMIT Software Package

The Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Prize 2009 was recently awarded to Phuong Huynh, Ngoc-Cuong Nguyen and Gianluigi Rozza for developing the software package rbMIT, used in solving parametrized partial differential equations by the reduced basis method. The rbMIT software package is an outstanding example of CSE software and is being used for both research and CSE education. The CSE Prize, established this year by Springer, a leading global scientific publisher, is accompanied by $10,000. The award was presented on June 15 at the Numerische Mathematik 50 Conference in Munich, Germany.

During their post-doctoral research periods at MIT, the team of Huynh, Nguyen and Rozza developed the software package rbMIT. They implemented all the relevant algorithms to solve parametrized partial differential equations by the reduced basis method. The reduced basis method has received considerable interest in the last few years due to its potential advantages over classical numerical methods for real-time or many-query contexts. This method and the related rbMIT software have been used to solve a wide variety of engineering problems including optimal control, shape optimization, inverse problems and stochastic partial differential equations.

Phuong Huynh is currently a research fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the National University of Singapore. Ngoc-Cuong Nguyen is a research scientist in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Gianluigi Rozza is a senior research scientist in the Chair of Modelling and Scientific Computing and Lecturer at the Doctoral School of Mathematics, both at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

The CSE Prize recognizes the importance of the cross-disciplinary, teamwork-oriented nature of computational science and engineering. The prize will be awarded biannually to teams of scientists, the members of which represent at least two different fields. In addition, prizewinners will not yet have reached the age of 40 years. The prizewinning team is selected by the editors of the Springer book series Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering.

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