The Center for Computational Sciences at the University of Kentucky was started as a center of excellence in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1987. In its lifetime of 33 years, the Center for Computational Sciences has provided leadership at several different levels. It has:

  • provided fellowships for students to carry out computational research in a wide variety of disciplines
  • established several computational professorships
  • assisted the UK Computer Center in the acquisition of high performance computing facilities
  • established new centers such as the Center for Computation in the Humanities and the Center for Resilient Information Systems
  • formed partnerships with other universities such as the Partnership for Advanced Computing Infrastructure and the Computational Chemistry Grid
  • obtained extramural funding for research from several funding sources, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense and the Department of the Treasury
  • assisted researchers in accessing computational resources
  • provided local support and cost-sharing for individual grants
  • provided management for the Kentucky Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, which is a statewide program to build infrastructure in many disciplines, including but not confined to Cyberinfrastructure
  • served as a liaison between the Federal EPSCoR and the computational community, such as hosting the Assessment of Cyberinfrastrure workshop, held in Lexington, KY in 2007
  • sponsored many seminars, workshops, and conferences to inform the local community of advances in computation; and
  • provide leadership in the formation of a detailed Cyberinfrastructure Plan for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Plans for the Future

Some of these areas will be continued; some will be expanded; and new areas will be explored, in alignment with the goals of the University’s Strategic Plan listed below:

  • Prepare Students for Leading Roles in an Innovation-driven Economy and Global Society
  • Promote Research and Creative Work to Increase the Intellectual, Social, and Economic Capital of Kentucky and the World beyond Its Borders
  • Develop the Human and Physical Resources of the University to Achieve the Institution’s Top 20 Goals
  • Promote Diversity and Inclusion
  • Improve the Quality of Life of Kentuckians through Engagement, Outreach, and Service