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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2019 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Fast High-Order Algorithms for Partial Differential Equations in the Frequency and Time Domains
Discipline:  Applied and Computational Mathematics
Mentor:  Oscar Bruno, Professor, (EAS),, Phone: 6263954548
Background:  The evolution of present-day complex, linear and nonlinear systems and devices, together with the design of the sophisticated manufacturing techniques required to produce them, have been accompanied by an ever-increasing reliance on computer simulations based on numerical solution of Partial Differential Equations (PDE). The stakes associated with such simulations are substantial: computational science has a significant bearing on areas of great importance, ranging from communications, remote sensing and electronics, to mechanical and fluid-dynamic simulations as well as medical visualization and therapeutics, etc. The computational problems originating in the creation of engineered systems have risen to a high level of complexity; a variety of methods developed in recent years for the treatment of such linear and nonlinear problems, in turn, have enabled the solution of previously intractable problems. **Important notes** 1) Applications will not be read before January 15. 2) Unfortunately, we cannot reply to messages requesting updates in the selection process. 3) All applicants will be contacted concerning admission by the first week of February. 4) The funding sources to be used require us to restrict this offering to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. 5) To apply please email a statement of interest and a CV, and have two letters of recommendation emailed directly to Professor Oscar Bruno (
Description:  There is an opportunity for qualified undergraduate students to participate in some aspects of these research efforts within the framework of a SURF summer research project in Dr. Bruno's research group at Caltech's Computing and Mathematical Sciences department. The efforts of SURF associates will focus on design, testing and implementation of new basic PDE algorithms, leading to valuable hands-on experience for SURF students concerning the development of high-performance numerical techniques, as well as useful brainstorming testing and experimentation for the overall research group. Concrete research problems will be selected amongst those being considered within the research group at the time of the stay of the visiting student, but will probably relate to development and testing of high order algorithms for physics or multiphysics problems such as solution of problems of fluid flow, evaluation of scattering and transmission of linear or nonlinear electromagnetic and acoustic waves in either the time or frequency domain, etc. Applications from members of minority or under-represented groups are encouraged.
Student Requirements:  ACM95 or equivalent a definite plus. Knowledge of Matlab programming required. Knowledge of some compiled programming language highly beneficial.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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