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Berkeley CSE

Multidisciplinary Research and Education
in Computational Science and Engineering

What Is Berkeley CSE?

Berkeley CSE is a collaborative program in multidisciplinary research and education. It was developed and is supported by the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), the Computing Sciences Directorate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), and the College of Engineering, the College of Letters and Science, the College of Chemistry, and the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California (UC) Berkeley.

Berkeley CSE provides a framework for enhanced support of collaborative research projects involving CSE researchers and students from its three organizational partners. The program will educate students to better perform and effectively execute computationally intensive research across many fields of science and engineering.

Traditional academic departments are well structured to train students in one or perhaps two fields, but the cross-disciplinary nature of CSE requires a much broader approach. The essential elements of this program include an approved cluster of graduate courses that prepare the student for advanced work in CSE, mechanisms for cross-disciplinary research and education, and a PhD thesis in a science or engineering discipline that is highly computational in nature and is advised by faculty members from multiple departments with diverse interests and skills.

Berkeley CSE is administered by CITRIS and the Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Directorate.

Designated Emphasis in Computational Science and Engineering

By combining high performance computing, mathematical modeling, scientific and engineering theory, and analysis of large-scale databases of observations, CSE is bringing a new paradigm to multidisciplinary research, education, and design.

The Designated Emphasis in Computational Science and Engineering (DE-CSE) is a specialization applicable to existing doctoral programs at UC Berkeley, which we refer to as our Associated Programs. The goal of our program is to train future leaders in CSE, who will not only be experts in their chosen fields but also conversant with important techniques, opportunities, and limitations arising from the multiple disciplines underlying CSE.

Participating students will benefit from leading-edge training in research techniques, working in cross-disciplinary teams with research leaders across campus and at Berkeley Lab, and will get a competitive edge for the most desirable jobs in academia and industry, which increasingly require interdisciplinary training and computational skills.

Over 100 faculty from 20 departments and graduate programs, spanning disciplines from civil engineering to neuroscience to political science, are participating in this program.

The following UC Berkeley departments are participating in the DE-CSE program:

  • Astronomy, (Chair) Donald Backer
  • Bioengineering, (Chair) Dorian Liepmann
  • Biostatistics, (Chair) Sandrine Dudoit
  • Chemical Engineering, (Chair) Jeffrey Reimer
  • Chemistry, (Chair) Michael Marletta
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering, (Chair)  Lisa Alvarez-Cohen
  • Earth and Planetary Science, (Chair) Rudy Wenk
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, (Chair) Stuart Russell
  • Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, (Chair) Ilan Adler
  • School of Information, (Dean) AnnaLee Saxenian
  • Integrative Biology, (Chair) Nipam Patel
  • Materials Science and Engineering, (Chair) Robert Ritchie
  • Mathematics, (Chair) Alan Weinstein
  • Mechanical Engineering, (Chair) Al Pisano
  • Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, (Head) John Ngai
  • Nuclear Engineering, (Chair) Jasmina Vujic
  • Physics, (Chair) Frances Hellman
  • Political Science, (Chair) Paul Pierson
  • School of Public Health, (Dean) Stephen Shortell
  • Statistics, (Chair) John Rice