• March 21, 2022

    PacTrans Partner OSU’s Barbara Simpson earns NSF CAREER Award

    Barbara Simpson, Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at PacTrans partner Oregon State University, recently received a Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, award from the National Science Foundation. The award includes a grant of nearly $600,000 over five years. 

    Simpson proposes to lay the algorithmic foundations for high-fidelity simulations of complex structural systems using graphics processing units, or GPUs. Her research could significantly advance the fundamental understanding of the risks posed by natural hazards to the built environment. Simpson will be using GPUs in Oregon State’s NVIDIA DGX-2 computing cluster, as well as GPUs in the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

    “By leveraging the computational power of GPUs,” Simpson said, “I want to reduce computational times from hours down to minutes and seconds and use this technology to support real-time hybrid models of very complex structural problems.”

    PacTrans previously funded Fischer’s project on Pilot Study: Learning Fluid-Structure Interaction via Machine Learning and Real-Time Hybrid Experimental-Numerical Simulation of Bridge Infrastructure Subject to Cascading Earthquake-Tsunami Hazards.

    Congratulations Barbara!