Additional Participants

Senior Personnel

Xiongyi Liu

Fei Chai

Philip Dickens

Richard Eason

Peter Koons

Susan McKay

Huijie Xue

Nicholas Giudice

Jay Rasaiah

Technician, Programmer

Steve Cousins

Other Participant

Janice Gomm

Susan Niles

Project Period

February 2012-September 2012

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Open-Access Report

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This award, for a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site, builds a Supercomputing Undergraduate Program in Maine (SuperMe). This new site provides ten-week summer research experiences at the University of Maine (UMaine) for ten undergraduates each year for three years. With integrated expertise of ten faculty researchers from both computer systems and domain applications, SuperMe allows each undergraduate to conduct meaningful research, such as developing supercomputing techniques and tools, and solving cutting-edge research problems through parallel computing and scientific visualization. Besides being actively involved in research groups, students attend weekly seminars given by faculty mentors, formally report and present their research experiences and results, conduct field trips, and interact with ITEST, RET and GK-12 participants.

SuperMe provides scientific exploration ranging from engineering to sciences with a coherent intellectual focus on supercomputing. It consists of four computer systems projects that aim to improve techniques in grid computing, parallel I/O data accesses, high-resolution scientific visualization and information security, and five computer modeling projects that utilize world-class supercomputing and visualization facilities housed at UMaine to perform large, complex simulation experiments and data analysis in different science domains. SuperMe provides a diversity of cutting-edge research opportunities to students from under-represented groups or from universities in rural areas with limited research opportunities. Through interacting directly with the participant of existing programs at UMaine, including ITEST, RET and GK-12, REU students disseminates their research results and experiences to middle and high school students and teachers.

This site is co-funded by the Department of Defense in partnership with the NSF REU Site program.