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Ph.D.student Brady Stoll, Dr. Mark Deinert and Undergraduate Research Assistant Tim Smith on the rooftop of the Mechanical Engineering building, where they conduct experiments. Stoll serves as Smith's graduate mentor, and both work in Dr. Deinert's research group.

Ph.D.student Brady Stoll, Dr. Mark Deinert and Undergraduate Research Assistant Tim Smith on the rooftop of the Mechanical Engineering building, where they conduct experiments. Stoll serves as Smith's graduate mentor, and both work in Dr. Deinert's research group.

Tim Smith, an Undergraduate Research Assistant for Assistant Professor Mark Deinert, has been selected for a prestigious summer internship with the Interdisciplinary Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) program here at The University of Texas at Austin. Smith, who will graduate with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in December, will be working for Dr. Michael Sacks, the director of the Center for Cardiovascular Simulation.

Smith began working for Dr. Mark Deinert's research group just over a year ago. This group creates and implements computational models with a focus on radiation transport and energy system analyses. While in this group, he has implemented computational models for neutron transport in a nuclear reactor, radiation transport within the atmosphere, cost reduction of photovoltaic systems over time, and a statistical analysis of solar radiation levels across the globe. Smith has worked closely with Brady Stoll, a Ph.D. candidate in Deinert's group whose research is focused on radiation transport transport in the atmosphere, and how variable cloud cover affects the performance of solar power systems.

Smith enjoyed computational modeling classes (ME 205, 218) and took a course in Computational Methods for Thermal/Fluids Systems during the fall semester of 2012 with Professor George Biros, an ME professor with a dual appointment with ICES. Biros leads the Parallel Algorithms for Data Analysis and Simulation Group there. Smith reports that Biros is a 'great professor' who taught him a lot. The challenging class introduced him to the highly prestigious ICES graduate program.

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