September 16, 2011


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Science can be beautiful.

I’m just about done designing a collateral package for the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences(ICES) unit at UT. What is ICES, you ask? ICES is a unique organizational unit, dedicated to both research and graduate study in computational engineering and science, with a strong core in computational and applied mathematics.

Yeah, I know, you are probably asleep now. But, this is fascinating stuff. The most interesting aspect to me is the fact that these are cross disciplinary endeavors and I’m a big believer that real breakthroughs come from the most unique collaborations. It can also create some fascinating imagery. Enjoy!

ICES Center for Computational Molecular Sciences developed this computer model of a molecule inside a transmembrane protein to help biologists understand the human body’s cell signaling processes, which regulate disease resistance.

The ICES Computational Visualization Center produces extremely clear features of microscopic material like this bacteriophage P22 virus with its symmetrically structured capsid on the outside and double-stranded DNA genome on the inside.

The ICES Center for Predictive Engineering & Computational Sciences simulates reentry vehicles like this one speeding through the atmosphere at Mach 21 where the vehicle’s thermal protection system must withstand extremely high temperature gas flows.

Hexahedral mesh models like this one of a CO2 demonstration site provide the accuracy demanded by the ICES Center for Subsurface Modeling.

Water confined between approaching protein surfaces during protein-protein association.

Dominant pathway in nucleotide (blue) binding in HIV reverse transcriptase.

Simulation of tectonic plate motion arising from global mantle flow simulation. Plate boundaries, which can be seen as narrow red lines, are resolved using an adaptively refined mesh with 1km local resolution. Shown are the Pacific and the Australian tectonic plates and the New Hebrides and Tonga microplates.

A bacterial cell is infected by a virus (Phage 29) which uses the polyribosomal machinery of the bacterial cell to replicate itself. Various stages of viral self-assembly are shown.

Using isogeometric analysis to simulate local nanoparticulate drug delivery systems to diffuse atherosclerosis in a patient-specific coronary artery.

Multiscale computer model of the molecular structure of nano-scale components used in semiconductor manufacturing.

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